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Old 06 March 2008, 17:32   #1
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cleaning transoms & Decks

Before I posted this I did a search on the subject and did not find much so I feel safe that I wont start another unecessary been said before homebrew tube cleaner type thread

My transom is dirty and stained from years of oil and grease from the engine also the deck in front of the transom is similar.

What tools and / or products do you guys use to clean up these areas?

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Old 06 March 2008, 19:11   #2
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At a guess, some fine abrasive paste and a polishing mop. There are some specific ones around that deal with Gel coat. I use one from Scotch 3M, it's not the cheapest, but certaily gives a high gloss finish.
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Old 07 March 2008, 03:27   #3
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Fairy!

Try starting with a srubbing brush and Fairy non bio.......honest!
It's a powerful emulsifier, fairly harmless and masses cheaper than anything from your local swindlary!

I would try non abbrasives first and then work your way up to the belt sander!

There are loads of oxalic acid based products for shifting rust stains. I like Y10 because it's in gel form and sticks to vertical surfaces.

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Have a look on ebay for oxalic acid

And some gloves
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Do it the way other people suggest if it's easier, but I bet if it's that bad an abrasive paste is what you'll end up using.
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BedJ is right about the gloves depending on what concentration of acid is in the product. Y10 is relatively benign though.

I you want to spend a few quid , then you could try 'Detersil' from Veneziani. (Gloves a must!) Not oxalic but very powerful detergent. Available from Steve Hodges at Bare Marine, Shamrock Quay.
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I agree with Hightower. Use something like Cif and a green scouring pad then
3M Yacht Fibreglass Restorer. It will cut out rust/oil marks down to like new gelcoat. Not cheap though- about 15 a 500ml bottle.
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This is what I use. I asked Steve Curtis when polishing the bottom of a 225 Four stroke Honda series racing boat what he was using. He showed me his first aid kit for hulls and consisted of Gelcoat and hardener, this 3M paste, an angle grinder polishing tool (lower RPM than a proper angle grinder) wet and dry of various grades, very basic stuff really.
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I used a Sealey polishing machine and plenty of farecla G3 to go from this...to this.
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And plenty of elbow grease
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