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Frequently Asked Questions
Boat Clean Plus is an emulsifier type cleaner with excellent surfactants that penetrates deep into the pores of your gelcoat and removes organic grime, traces of sun tan oil, greasy residue that may have fallen from the sky in the form of pollution, bird and bug droppings and their residue, etc. It also helps to loosen up and remove mold release wax on new boats that can cause yellowing. This product is free rinsing, non corrosive, and biodegradable, which means that it will not damage your gelcoat in any way or leave behind a residue which could effect the adhesion of the Sure Step. Many deck cleaners are corrosive and will yellow your decks, etch the pores in the gelcoat, opening them up to trap more dirt and are difficult to rinse away.
Boat Clean Plus is a “water activated” cleaner and is sold as a concentrate to lessen cost. You normally cut it about 1 to 4 with water for heavy duty cleaning, like prepping your decks, and about 1 to 20 for boat washing. Even at full strength, it will not harm human skin or any substrate, yet it’s a very powerful cleaner. Boat Clean Plus is very versatile and can replace over 20 other cleaners on your boat.
Boat Scrub is a deoxidiser that also contains a leaching agent called Hypexine. In addition to removing oxidized fiberglass, it will also remove stains, scuff-marks, yellowing, streaking and anything that the Boat Clean Plus may not have removed. Although used as a substitute for rubbing compounds, it does not cut integral gelcoat the way that compounds do. It only reacts with and removes the damaged fiberglass. Boat Scrub can be used for regular maintenance without degrading the gelcoat and is recommended for deep cleaning all the fiberglass on your boat prior to application of a new coat of polish each year. That’s why you have had such good success using it as a non-skid deck cleaner. It is also non-corrosive, free rinsing and biodegradable.
Premium Boat Shine should only be used above the waterline. It contains some VS721 which adds to its durability but not enough to make it waterproof or seal the pores of the gelcoat to prevent osmosis. It also contains more UV inhibitors than VS721, to resist UV degradation which is more prevalent above the waterline.
Use VS721 below the waterline and Premium Boat Shine above.
Premium Boat Shine can last from 4 to 24 months, depending on the conditions that your boat is subjected to. Premium Boat Shine is synthetic and will not degrade as quickly as natural waxes will, but the sun will consume the UV inhibitors, like all things on the planet, it will oxidize over time and of course it is subject to wear from traffic, scrubbing and washing with soap or cleaners.
If you are located in the tropics, you can expect the Premium Boat Shine on the hull to last about 9 to 12 months but only 4 to 6 on the deck.
If you are located in Northern US or Canada and your boat is left in the open, it will last a full 12 months on the hull and 6 to 9 months on the deck.
If your boat is covered when not in use and is on a hoist, it can last up to 24 months on the entire boat.
For most boats, subjected to seasons, we recommend cleaning with Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub and protecting with Premium Boat Shine once a year, in the spring. If the boat spends the winter out doors, with a tarp or shrink wrapped, you should protect the deck against UV damage during storage, with a coat of Premium Boat Shine or Sure Step.
First of all; Do Not Use Bleach on vinyl. You can cause permanent damage.
I suspect that your stain may be indelible and you will have to replace that section of vinyl or live with the stain, but before you do, here are a few things you can try. You have little to loose.
The solution used by most professionals for tough spots on vinyl is a 50/50 solution of Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub. Try rubbing a small spot with this solution on a cloth or a small scrub brush. If this lightens the stain, try exposing the stained section to the sun, as much as possible for several weeks. UV has been known to bleach almost everything. The sun damage should be minimal and it will help remove the stain.
Mold and mildew require moisture, food, a constant temperature, calm air and shade or darkness to grow and flourish. If you remove any, or preferably as many as possible of these prerequisites, you will eliminate your mold problem. The other problem is that if left unchecked, mold and mildew will stain the surface and in some cases the stain is indelible and can not be removed. This is especially the case with vinyl seats. Using the right protectors will reduce the chance of permanent damage and make cleaning much easier.
To solve your immediate problems, wash the fiberglass swim platform and with a 1 to 4 solution of Boat Clean Plus and water, using a scrub brush. While still wet, squirt some Boat Scrub on the swim platform and scrub again in all 6 directions. If any stains still remain, mix a 50/50 solution of Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub and scrub the areas that are stained until the stain is gone. Rinse well and dry or air dry in the sun. Boat manufacturers use these products to resolve warranty issues.
When the surface is dry, apply 2 coats of Sure Step. This will seal the pores in the gelcoat, leave a protective surface that will resist mold, protect against UV, put a nice shine on the platform and will give you some added traction, especially when the deck is wet. It will also make the swim platform much easier to clean.
To clean the seats, first spray Boat Clean Plus , full strength onto the mold and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Wet the seats with water and spray Boat Clean Plus , full strength onto the seats. Scrub the seats with a scrub brush to clean the indentations in the pattern and rinse clean. If stains still remain, scrub these areas with a 50/50 solution of Boat Clean Plus and Boat Scrub , until the stain is removed. If stains still remain, uncover the boat and let the sun get at the seats for a couple of weeks. Sun acts as natural bleach. If the stain still remains then they will have to be recovered. Chlorine bleach, aggressive solvents etc. will remove the stain but ruin the vinyl in the process, so you will have to recover.
When the seats are dry, apply 2 coats of Vinyl Guard. Vinyl Guard is not greasy or slippery and is a double barrier protection system. One part penetrates into the vinyl to restore the plasticizers and make the vinyl feel more luxurious. The second remains on the surface and protects your vinyl against mold staining, UV, suntan oil, food spills and stains. In your area it will last about 3 months before you need to wash with Boat Clean Plus and re-apply.