what is the latest greatest thoughts/products on cleaning a dirty old deck?

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by sadworld, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. sadworld

    sadworld Member

    70
    Mar 30, 2016
    michigan
    1996 SeaRay Sundancer 270DA 1996
    MERCRUISER 7.4 BRAVO3 OUTDRIVE
    i've researched and didn't really find anything very recent. i'm hearing about products west marine(deck cleaner) and woody wax and soap also seemed to come up quite a bit. i have a 96 searay sundancer 270 and tried to clean the deck last year with power washing and scrubbing. NOPE! (got the boat mid last season) i need a real solution and some ideas for cleaning this beast up! any help is appreciated. basically just dirty, old looking and has these little brownish specs that i have no idea what they are but they do not come off...mainly for the textured deck and textured swim platform but i plan on giving the whole boat a once over... thanks.
     
  2. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Those brown specks could be flecks of rust from someone grinding or using steel wool and the shavings are imbedded in the gelcoat. You could try some acidic hull cleaner, if they are rust, it should help remove them.
    How is the shine on the deck gel coat? If don't have much shine left, then a mild abrasive like soft scrub etc could clean up the deck. The kind with bleach helps whiten the gel coat. Only use an abrasive if you have oxidation or no shine, otherwise you can dull the finish. Can you post some pics of the deck and those specks?
     
  3. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    A guy on the Facebook page posted about the drill brush, it is an absolute god send. I did our top decks today using it on a cordless drill and a small amount of ptfe west marine non skidcleaner and they look new. They were covered in black dots and all kinds of crap from the layout prior. This picture doesn't even do it justice. I also use them to clean side decks, cockpit sole, and even the vinyl seats. It's my favorite new tool
     
  4. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    orrville,ohio
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7 vdrives






















    n/a
    twin 5.7 300 Hp. V drives
    learned that trick on Boat Works Today using a 6" carpet brush in a cordless drill.
     
  5. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    yep, exact same thing. I'm obsessed with it I've been cleaning everything using them. I might get some stiff bristle ones for the bilge
     
  6. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    This may be blasphemous, but on the non-skid, before the rest of the boat is waxed, I mix up a 50/50 solution of clorox and water in a garden sprayer, wet the deck, spray a small section with the solution, use a soft scrub brush on a stick, dipped in soapy water to spread the solution. Let sit for a couple of minutes, scrub lightly and rinse thoroughly. The result is a gleaming white deck.
     
  7. Boatingnut

    Boatingnut Member

    304
    Dec 18, 2008
    Saugatuck, MI
    2001 Neptunus 56 Express
    3196 Cats
    Put some non skid Woody wax on that and you will be happy!

     
  8. H2ONUT

    H2ONUT Active Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Shelton, CT
    2000 215EC
    5.0 EFI Mercruiser Alpha
    If you have a West Marine near by look for a spray bottle called Roll Off. A little goes a long way. Works great! Follow up with the Woody, just watch your step when using the Woody, it's VERY slick!!


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  9. Boatingnut

    Boatingnut Member

    304
    Dec 18, 2008
    Saugatuck, MI
    2001 Neptunus 56 Express
    3196 Cats
    Use the Woody Wax Non Skid Deck wax and it is not slippery at all. Works great.
     
  10. sadworld

    sadworld Member

    70
    Mar 30, 2016
    michigan
    1996 SeaRay Sundancer 270DA 1996
    MERCRUISER 7.4 BRAVO3 OUTDRIVE
    you have a link for video or product?
     
  11. sadworld

    sadworld Member

    70
    Mar 30, 2016
    michigan
    1996 SeaRay Sundancer 270DA 1996
    MERCRUISER 7.4 BRAVO3 OUTDRIVE
    what page? i'm looking for a video or product info....
     
  12. Almightys

    Almightys Member

    175
    Jun 15, 2015
    Warren, MI
    1992 Sundancer 330, 7.4l's w vdrives, and genny
    454 Mercs
  13. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    256
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    The boat detail guys use straight bleach.
     
  14. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
  15. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
  16. marks737

    marks737 Member

    228
    Sep 15, 2009
    NJ
    2002 310 Sundancer
    350 Mag MPI V-Drives
    Roll Off and a magic eraser works great.
     
  17. sadworld

    sadworld Member

    70
    Mar 30, 2016
    michigan
    1996 SeaRay Sundancer 270DA 1996
    MERCRUISER 7.4 BRAVO3 OUTDRIVE
    ok thanks for the ideas... wouldn't i want the soft brush for non skid? or should i go with a medium stiffness? gonna get one... i think under that dirt and crud i got some shine left so i don't want to damage it...
     
  18. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    I used medium but I bet the soft would do just fine as well. Grab one of each, you'll find a million uses for them. I know I have
     
  19. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    Actually, the yellow soft brush worked better than my hard white brush on the dirt.. Go figure.
     
  20. sadworld

    sadworld Member

    70
    Mar 30, 2016
    michigan
    1996 SeaRay Sundancer 270DA 1996
    MERCRUISER 7.4 BRAVO3 OUTDRIVE
    Should i be usi g the drill brush on the sides/smooth gelcoat? I have a couple areas where i can see water has dripped down and stained and also a couple docking marks. Was wanting to BRUSH them off.....
     

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