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Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-19-2010, 7:29 PM Reply   
It's a long story why this happened, but my boat ended up sitting in the water for about a month. That was long enough for it to get really dirty and there's algae growing on it.

Can I use a pressure washer to get it clean, or would that risk damage to the gel coat?
Old    Sparky Jay (wake_upppp)      Join Date: Nov 2003       01-19-2010, 7:35 PM Reply   
Scrub it off while the boats still in the water if it's not too late. Once that stuff dries it's hell to get off. The pressure washer won't hurt it that I'm aware of.

(Message edited by wake_upppp on January 19, 2010)
Old    TigeMike (chpthril)      Join Date: Oct 2007       01-19-2010, 7:35 PM Reply   
No damage at all, but dont pull it out of the water until your ready to wash it. When that chit dries, it's hell to get off.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-19-2010, 8:00 PM Reply   
Starbrite hull cleaner. It'll come right off.
Old    JMS (54t)      Join Date: Nov 2006       01-20-2010, 4:37 AM Reply   
Ditto on Starbrite. I've used it on my 2006 210 regularly and have had no damage and good results,
Old    Dwight Kinley (beretta5spd)      Join Date: Jan 2010       01-20-2010, 5:37 AM Reply   
I have not used starbrite but have used a product called "on off"(designed for boats) for the exact application you're talking about. With that product we didn't even need a pressure washer. Just a garden hose to wash it off. Hull looks brand new.
Old    J D (jeff_mn)      Join Date: Jul 2009       01-20-2010, 5:54 AM Reply   
You'll want to use hull cleaner. Starbrite hull cleaner or toilet bowl cleaner - should come right off then.
Old    Doug (supradoug)      Join Date: Dec 2001       01-20-2010, 2:35 PM Reply   
starbrite works wonders.. my boat sat in a dock in red muddy water for 2 weeks. scrubbed and scrubbed wit hsoap and nothing. saw the starbrite at wallyworld for 6 bucks and tried it...WOW just wipe on with a sponge and wash off. Be sure to apply a coat of wax when your done.
Old    Seth (rourker)      Join Date: Jun 2006       01-20-2010, 6:32 PM Reply   
FSR is unbelievable, too. (Fiberglass Stain Remover) Just know that it will strip any and all wax.
Old    Tony (supraride)      Join Date: Jun 2007       01-20-2010, 8:20 PM Reply   
Like Dwight said the on/off product works great just make sure you wear gloves and do it outside.
Old    Bill K (bill_airjunky)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-20-2010, 8:54 PM Reply   
Yea, any hull cleaner is toxic stuff. So wear rubber gloves & rinse everything off really good... your boat, your trailer, yourSELF.
Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-21-2010, 4:43 PM Reply   
THANKS for the GREAT advice on products and safety steps and waxing the hull afterward. I hadn't thought about that.

The hull already is out of the water, and I know how hard it can be to get clean. I'm going to get hull cleaner and give it a try. If that doesn't work, I'll have the pressure washer standing by.
Old    SEAN DEAN (05elitevc4)      Join Date: Jan 2008       01-21-2010, 8:21 PM Reply   
Just a thought. Once its on the trailer you wont be able to clean the hull where it sits on the trailer bunks...you will have some cool green stripes though!
Old    Nick Schimmoeller (nschimm)      Join Date: Jun 2009       01-22-2010, 3:32 AM Reply   
Toilet bowl cleaner does the trick. I used it on my boat when it was neglected for a few weeks.

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