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Boat Scum Removal Tip


river-rat4

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I have noticed a lot of conversation on this subject. Give this a try.

Take a sponge, bucket of HOT water with boat soap, and a bottle of "Iron Out" (granules/powder)

Dunk the sponge in HOT / Soap water, sprikle on some "Iron Out" and lightly rub, the scum stuff comes off amazingly easy. Rinse clean. Wax if needed or desired.

I have done this for over 15 years, it is hands down better than chemicals or acids.

Wear gloves and it has a very strong smell that you will "Taste" if you don't have good ventilation and take precautions.

I would like to here what you guy think if you try it.

Brandt

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I haven't personnaly tried this but an older gentleman in my office says he's been using a product called "ZING" boat hull cleaner and says it works great! You can do a Google search on this and find it somewhere I'm certain. Just another option. smile.gif

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I use Zing and it is great. It is a hydrochloric acid solution, so you need to wear gloves, protect your eyes and have good ventilation ( I learned the hard way ). Also, make sure you rinse everything off well. Just spray it on and the scum just melts off.

EJ

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If it is not too encrusted, I have had good results

using the orange power disposable wipes. A follow up

with a clean dry towel, and a finishing touch with

Maguires instant detailer wax spray puts the glossy

shine back on my SportFish. Same thing for my motor's

lower ends. The engine covers themslves get only warm

water, and then the detailing wax...

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So where does a guy find this Zing stuff? I've never seen it.

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Remember guys the acid in Zing and others like it will do the job, but it also will turn your aluminum a whiteish looking color due to the chemical reaction. Not a big deal, but if you are expecting a new looking finish you'll be disappointed. The 'white' does wear off with oxidation over time though. Make sure to wear gloves and eye protection - this stuff smarts on cuts and can damage your eyes pretty quickly.

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There are two types of Zing. One for fiberglass boats and one for aluminum. I have fiberglass and do not get any residue or discoloring, but like I mentioned earlier I rinse it off very thoroughly. I have not used the aluminum version.

EJ

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