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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: Keeping it clean?
Well I assume you have an un-painted boat.
Unless you keep it in the water, like apoontoon, I just let it oxidize and it stays clean looking.
If you have a poontoon, and it is in the water, and gets that black stain then you need to firts go to a coin-op or use a pressure sprayer. Clean off the bacteria and the 'growth'. Rinse well with plain water. Let dry and get the cheapest vinagar you can buy. Trader Horn sells it for $1.50 a gallon on sale. put it in a spray pump garden sprayer, and spray it liberally. Start at the top and work around then down as it will stain as it cleans. rinse with a hose and that is as clean as it will get.
Shark Hide is just a mild acid, probably vinager.
the polish they sell is just fine rubbing compound, which you can get at a discount auto parts cheaper. lots of rubbing. I also use Flitz polish, which is made for polishing aluminum airplanes.
Really, short of painting it...there is nothing you can do that will last. When you finish you could get a marine wax (West Marine) and that would help. but if you store in the water, expect it to just oxidise again.