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Q. I have an aqua colored hull. Currently I have some water spots (white) that I need to get rid of. What product would you recommend for this purpose? 

Depending on the overall condition of your gel coat, I would suggest several options. These are in order of strength. First I would suggest cleaning the boat with BoatLIFE Boat Cleaner. This will remove most light dirt, water spots, etc. without removing the wax. If the surface is actually stained, then I would recommend Fiberglass Kreme Cleaner or Fiberglass Powder Cleaner. These will remove stains, but you will need to re-apply wax to the surface. For deep seated stubborn stains, I would recommend BoatLIFE's Rubbing Compound, Liquid Fiberglass Rubbing Compound or Restorer Wax. All three of these will work on deep seated stains, keeping in mind, however, that they are not "heavy grit". With the exception of the Restorer Wax, the cleaned surface would need a new coat of wax afterward. We recommend the following: After cleaning, apply PolyShine to the surface. This is a fine polish that will prepare the surface for waxing. After the Polyshine is applied according to the instructions apply 1 or 2 coats of Life Wax. This will give you a lustrous shine and the best protection from recurring stains and oxidation. If applied correctly, this combination has been known to last up to 3 years. Happy boating!

Q. I have a teak swim platform that has been varnished and it is peeling off, Can you advise me how to restore it back to the original teak finish with one of your products?

Briefly what you have to do is this.

  1. First, you need to remove the varnish either by sanding or with a good varnish remover.
  2. Once you are back to bare wood, you want to clean it and/or wet scrub it, depending on what method you used to remove the varnish. If you sanded it off, then wet scrubbing will suffice. If you used a varnish remover, clean the teak thoroughly with Teak Brite Powder Cleaner +/or Teak Brite Kreme Cleaner and follow with Teak Brite Brightener.
  3. Next step is to allow the wood to dry thoroughly (at least 24-48 hours is best) and then apply several coats of Teak Brite Teak Oil & Sealer.

Q. My boat transom has some dry rot in the core on one side. The inner and outer fiberglass covering is intact and holds its shape. However in some of the area the wood has completely disintegrated just leaving a space. Can I use your git rot epoxy for this repair, just pouring it in to fill up the space and saturate what wood fibers remain? The boat is a 17' fiberglass skiff with a 70 HP motor.

Yes, you can. Just make sure the area is dry before you add the "Git"-Rot.

Q. My boat hull contains a flat area of fiberglass that is marred with several square inches of 3M 5200 cured sealant. Will your product 1288 Release Adhesive & Sealant remover successfully remove this item?

Yes. You will have to "work" at it, but it will remove 5200 without damaging the surface.

Q. I am about to start cleaning my Teak decks on my Hans Christian. I have access to some fresh water but not enough to rinse down decks after cleaning. As my boat is moored in Sydney Harbour salt water is no problem. Can I use salt water to rinse down afterwards with your products?

Fresh water would be ideal, however, you can use salt water. Keep in mind however, the results will not be as good.

 



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