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Old 14 December 2013, 11:59   #1
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Barnacle feet on hull

Hi all

The fiberglass hull of my zodiac has quite a few barnacle feet. All of the barnacles have been removed, so just the impossibly strong barnacle foot adhesive remains.

Is there any reason to remove this? If so, HOW do you recommend doing it? Acetone or something like GooGone?

Thank you for any advice!
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Old 14 December 2013, 12:09   #2
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Star brite do a product called barnacle and muscle remover. It works well, however it is a reasonably strong acid and you must wear suitable hand and eye protection as well as a breathing mask due to the fumes. The reason you need something like this is because the remains of the barnacle are basically calcium deposits and the only thing that works is to use an acid to dissolve them. Only other thing to consider is either removing the boat from the trailer or covering the trailer as these strong products will easily strip the galvanising and or eat into the metal of your trailer. The products are good. I have used them a good few times and the star brite one is the best I've used so far. Hope this helps.
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Old 14 December 2013, 12:13   #3
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Thanks peter

I definitely would not have thought about it messing up the trailer!

So it does sound fairly easy to attempt myself. I would rather not pay someone to do this.
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Tools of the trade:
Muriatic acid
Paint roller to apply the acid
Ice scraper to scrape with

Wear gloves, goggles, and clothes you don't care about. Have a hose ready in case you nail yourself.
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Might find Scotchbrite pads of use as well.

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