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spencer3840 06-05-2008 6:22 PM

What product should I use to remove wax on my gelcoat that won't hurt it?

wake_upppp 06-05-2008 7:09 PM

You can buy a Wax & Grease Remover at an auto parts supply store or just plain old Naptha. Lighter fluid will work as well. None of these will harm gelcoat. Wipe it on wet and follow with a dry soft towel to remove. All these evaporate rather quickly.

ridininmd 06-05-2008 7:54 PM

dish soap.

boss210 06-05-2008 7:54 PM

Just go with a window cleaner. It will strip off the wax and not damage your luster.

zacharoo 06-05-2008 9:22 PM

Acetone is the better choice. Removes everything and will not hurt the gelcoat ever. Rewax area around stickers.

wake_upppp 06-05-2008 9:38 PM

Acetone is a little on the strong side for me, and if the surface is hot, could stain. The Naptha based wax and grease removers are what is used professionaly around boat and auto refinishing shops. That or the new generation water/citrus based wax removers and degreasers.

trdon 06-05-2008 10:51 PM

I have always used dish soap to strip wax off of everything.

spicychalupa69 06-05-2008 10:55 PM

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wake_upppp 06-05-2008 11:16 PM

It really depends on what's been applied to the surface. The thing with soaps is they are made with surfactants which basicaly are a wax type of lubricant that can leave a film on the surface. There are many high tech Polymer waxes and surface sealants that soap won't touch as far as taking them off the surface. These Polymer's actualy chemicaly bond to the surface and are not easily removed.

etakk7 06-06-2008 10:06 AM

rubbing alcohol

wakescene 06-06-2008 12:51 PM

Dish Soap. Wash it twice. Regular Dawn for example has a high alkalide content that is the agent to remove wax on hulls and auto finishes, but won't hurt anything. <BR> <BR>Cheap, simple and easy!

hydrophile 06-06-2008 1:02 PM

+1 to the Dawn Dish soap

juniorhawk 06-06-2008 3:16 PM

Nothing fancy here but I have a foolproof system. <BR> <BR>I always use rubbing alcohol to prep a small area for a sticker. Just rubbing alcohol and elbow grease for the small stuff. On big decals I use alcohol to prep the are then regular windex, but I super shine the area until its almost sticky itself. Big stickers don't even budge when you do it this way, even the little parts.

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