Cleaning cockpit floor

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  1. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    182
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    On our new to us '05 280, we threw away the old carpet since the foam backing was disintegrating under our feet (see photo below). Some of the foam vacuumed up well but a lot of is stuck to the floor. Has anyone had to deal with this? What did you use to remove the foam embedded in the floor IMG_4952.JPG
     
  2. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    939
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    A stiff brush and some simple green remove mine easily.
     
  3. Brett H

    Brett H Member GOLD Sponsor

    133
    Dec 12, 2009
    Lake Lanier, GA
    2004 550 Sundancer w/ MAN's - Unleashed
    Raymarine e127's; KVH HD7; Xantrex 3024 Inverter
    T-800 MAN's (D2848LE403)
    Started w/ Stiff Brush then used Scotch Brite Pad
     
  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Try a medium bristle carpet cleaning brush on a drill, or even better yet, a random orbital or rotary polisher if you have one.
    You can find the brush for your drill on Amazon or for a polisher either there or most auto detailing supply websites.
    Do a small section at a time.
    Spray the cleaner of your choice on the surface then deep clean it with the brush on the power tool.
     
  5. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Star Brite non skid cleaner and a drill brush off amazon. Ours is yellow.
     
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  6. KevinC

    KevinC Active Member

    777
    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Spray 9 Cleaner or Starbrite Deck Cleaner. Try to stay away from bleaches as they are too harsh for the gelcoat.

    -Kevin
     
  7. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
  8. wayne0

    wayne0 Member

    266
    May 4, 2014
    Newburyport, Ma.
    2000 340 Sundancer
    Twin 7.4 ltr.V-drives
    I'll add one more...........
    Soft scrub with a stiff brush.
     
  9. Great Lakes

    Great Lakes Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    209
    Oct 11, 2016
    Lake St. Clair (MacRay Harbor)
    2005 390 Sundancer
    8.1
    Those little guys gave me nightmares on my 310. I used almost every suggestion above but then I still had to get on my hands and knees and slowly remove the stubborn ones with a small head screwdriver/knife. I'll never forget that day either, it was close to 150 degrees..
     
  10. peterkvs

    peterkvs Member GOLD Sponsor

    489
    Nov 11, 2012
    Guntersville, Alabama
    400 Sundancer 1999
    3116 Cats, 1000 hours
    I used easy off oven cleaner. It worked well but required a few applications.
     
  11. Simpsonn8908

    Simpsonn8908 Member

    36
    Dec 18, 2017
    1998 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPIs V Drives
    I will second this! I tried everything and nothing else worked.
     

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  12. lawndoctor

    lawndoctor Member SILVER Sponsor

    322
    Jun 5, 2008
    Chesapeake Bay & Philadelphia
    2009 330 Sundancer & 2002 225 Weekender
    8.1L V-Drives & Bravo III 5.0L
    When you do the cleaning, try to keep that stuff from draining into the bilge. It will make a mess of the bilge and gum up your bilge pumps.
     
  13. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    317
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    Maybe a powerwasher?
     
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  14. thosmann1

    thosmann1 Member

    80
    Jan 19, 2009
    Key west Florida
    500 Searay Sundancer
    Cummins QSM11's
    I remember I had the same issue years ago on a 370, soft scrub and a stiff hand brush took it off pretty easy. It did not harm any gelcoat and smelled good too!

    Bow Tie
     
  15. Simpsonn8908

    Simpsonn8908 Member

    36
    Dec 18, 2017
    1998 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPIs V Drives
    I tried a pressure washer on mine to no avail, but it was pretty backed on.
     
  16. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    182
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Just bumping this to the top incase there are other ideas. I've tried many of the recommendations in this post including; oven cleaner. acetone, soy based strippers, soapy water with grout brush, etc. The deeply impacted stuff is still there! Really frustrated.

    Any help would be appreciated as I'm one of those clean freaks. Note we are putting on Infinity Vinyl - but just knowing what's going to be under it will drive me crazy.
     
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2018
  17. Simpsonn8908

    Simpsonn8908 Member

    36
    Dec 18, 2017
    1998 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPIs V Drives
    Not trying to be funny, because Easy Off was the only thing that worked for me. I realized neither Peter or me mentioned scrubbing with the oven cleaner, or allowing it to sit. Did you use a stiff bristled with it and let it sit for a few minutes first?

    When I did it, it took A LOT of elbow grease still, but no other chemical I tried seemed to work.

    I can’t blame for being a clean freak. We spend a lot on these boats, and they should be taken care of. It always saddens me to see a dilapidated or unused boat in the marina.
     
  18. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    182
    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    Yup - let it sit for about 5 minutes and used a still nylon bristle brush (grout brush) and to no avail. Not step maybe using a gelcoat safe stripper - but they're so dam expensive. Also once the boat gets out of storage I will also try pressure washing in conjunction with 'easy-off'
     
  19. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
  20. Simpsonn8908

    Simpsonn8908 Member

    36
    Dec 18, 2017
    1998 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPIs V Drives

    I should’ve bought one of these. My arm was ready to fall off by the end of the day.
     

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