How To Remove Stains From A Boat Hull

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Nothing affects the quality of your boat’s appearance quite
like a stain. Stains might not have anything to do with the function of your
boat—but once a stain settles in, it can permanently change the way it looks.
If you want your boat’s life to extend for years and years, you’ll have to
address any stains as they develop. To help you, here’s a simple guide on how
to remove stains from a boat hull.

Strategies For
Reducing Stains

Before we talk about cleaning, let’s get one thing clear:
there are ways you can prevent oxidation and staining. Take care of your
fiberglass hull is essential. Perhaps the most important step is to wax your
hull. Giving your hull a proper coat of wax can reduce the potential for
staining and help prevent other issues like color degradation and UV damage.

Use LifeWax
as your primary product here. Because it’s designed for fiberglass hulls and
can handle even tropical climates, it will adhere to your boat with consistency
and durability. Used in conjunction with PolyShine, you’ll find that
LifeWax can even give your boat the protection it needs for years to come.

Cleaning A Stain Once
You See It

When learning how to remove stains from a boat hull, the key
is to get to work as soon as you see it. The longer you let a stain set in, the
more difficult it’s going to be to erase. That’s as true for a wine stain on
the couch as it is on your boat. But what do you do with your fiberglass once
you see a stain?

If you have a spot stain, you might simply try a general Boat Cleaner first. Our
Boat Cleaner is designed for use all around the boat. It can handle new stains
easily without affecting the quality of the underlying material.

The key here is to make sure that you use a product
specifically designed for the material you’re working with. For example, you
might find that some cleaning products can be harsh when used on fiberglass—but
products specifically designed for fiberglass stains can be especially
effective, including:

  • Fiberglass
    Powder Cleaner and Stain Remover
    . It’s all in the name. While this stain
    remover can indeed handle older set-in stains, it’s just as effective at handling
    the stains you’ve just noticed. And because it’s specifically designed to
    handle fiberglass, you’ll have full confidence that your boat’s hull will be
    just fine.
  • Aluminum Cleaner.
    What if your stain isn’t developing on fiberglass but on an aluminum section of
    your boat? Cleaning aluminum can be tricky, which is why it’s so important to
    find the dedicated product that can handle it while being gentle to the metal
    underneath.

More Great Boat
Cleaning & Maintenance Products

Keeping your boat free of blemishes is about two things:
prevention and using the right products for your boat’s materials. When you’re
knowledgeable about both strategies, you can use cleaning products from BoatLIFE to maintain the
like-new appearance of your hull for years to come.

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