best water spot remover

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by wolfman06, May 30, 2006.

  1. wolfman06

    wolfman06 New Member

    1
    May 30, 2006
    iowa
    i have a 06 24' sundeck, the blue 2 tone color. I have taken the boat out and shows water spot on the blue real bad. any suggestions on how to remove them or prevent them. also the boat had 4 coats of wax on it before the first use. thanks for any help.
     
  2. lakejumper

    lakejumper New Member

    17
    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern, CA
    boatless
    boatless
    Wolfman:
    I know that you posted this quite awhile ago. I have had the same problem with my black gelcoat. I have struggled to remove the hard water spots and have found a couple of products that help. You must wipe down the boat as soon as you get it out of the water if you trailer. or when it is the slip. I use Babe's products. I have also used Just Ducky but like Babe's better. There are some spots that just won't come off depending on the minerals in the water and how long the boat has been in the drink. I usually end up using a polishing/rubbing compound to remove the spots when it comes time to wax.

    http://www.babesboats.com/techGelcoat.php

    If anyone else has some good ideas, let's hear them.
     
  3. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    I have black as well and have had no problems with water spots. May be the water that we have but I was the boat with the Mr. Clean Auto Dry machine. I do not use the soap but when I am done washing I rinse in the auto dry position. You may want to give it a try.

    Good luck with it..

    Wesley
     

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  4. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    If you already have the waterspots and they seem to be hard to remove, you can use a mix of vinegar and water to remove them. It will work wonders. You need to play a little with the concentration. I'd start with 20-25% vinegar and see if it is enough.

    The organic acid in babes is probably vinegar or ant acid ... bot work. Ant acid is often used in coffee maker decalcifier and more agressive than vinegar.

    I prevent waterspots from forming by waxing the boat with Meguiar's Flagship Premium Marine Wax once a year. This is actually a polymenr and lasts very long. I get away with waxing once a year because I wash the boat with Starbrite Wash&Wax once a week when we're out. This stuff is also a polymer and really supports the wax job, helping it to last an entire year. I usually re-wax in March or April before the season.
     
  5. lakejumper

    lakejumper New Member

    17
    Oct 3, 2006
    Northern, CA
    boatless
    boatless
    I am going to try the Starbright Wash & Wax. I will also try the Mr. Clean machine. I also have a 30 ft. fifth wheel that needs to be washed and it is a big task. BTW, I do use the Meguiar's Flagship wax and it is great.
     
  6. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    I also have the clean machine ... problem is their soap REALLY sucks and the spot free function does not put out enough water to really rinse a boat like mine at all ...
     
  7. First Born

    First Born Super Moderator PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Charlotte, N.C.
    2006 185 Sport
    4.3 L 190 HP
    Alex,

    I do not use the soap that comes with the machine, I wash normal with boat wash and rinse. Once I have completed rinsing the boat, I go back with the spot free rinse and go over the whole boat.

    Think back to when you go to a coin car wash (with the wand) and you select soap, rinse, and then spot free rinse.

    I have had success with this, but it could just be our water. I have not rinsed without to see if there is a difference. :huh:

    Wesely
     
  8. Alex D

    Alex D New Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Smith Mountain Lake, VA
    2004 240 Sundeck
    Mercruiser 5.0 MPI B3
    You're righ Fb, the problem I have is that there is not enough waterflow out of the spot free rinse mode to rinse off a 36 footer. What helps me is the wash and wax I use. I can even wash and rinse with lake water and there won't be any spots.
    I am sure the mr clean works great when you can do this at home in your driveway!
     
  9. widowmaker

    widowmaker New Member

    230
    Oct 5, 2006
    midwest
    200 br
    5.0L MPI, Bravo 3
    My vote for the vinegar and water to remove the water spots. I use about a cup or so per bucket. After each time out I wash it down with a hose and tap water and chamois dry.
     
  10. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I bought the Mr. Clean soap and tried it for the first time a week ago. (I didn't buy the"machine"). The reason I bought the soap is because it keeps the water from beading up and it's the water beads that will cause the spots. My hull was freshly waxed and before I started to wash her down, I sprayed her with water then I washed her with a brush and the soap solution and rinsed with a hose and Viola...very little beading...........hence water spots are kept to a minimum which made me happy since trying to dry the sides of a 260DA sitting in a wet slip ain't too easy :smt009 . So I am sold on the soap.

    But all that being said, you will still get water spots just from running your boat. And there is very little you can do about it. But the water and vinegar solution has worked for me in the past too. You can also put vinegar directly on a rag and do a straight wipedown as well if the spots are really stubborn.
     

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