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  • #16
    Sodium Hydroxide is a fancy name for lye...or caustic soda.
    Used in making soap, around this part of the world our local True Value hardware sells it since the Amish use it to make their own soap.
    1986 26' HT w/5.7 PCM 330HP RWC

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    • #17
      Bought some lye. Sprinkle on the wet boat, scrub to lather up. Let it sit a minute and hose off. Works great but not as good as the oven cleaner. Spray on, lather up and let sit a minute. wash off and a clean boat. Fumes are a killer though.
      1988 26' cuddy
      1975 20' open
      31 Grand Slam
      16' Sandpiper
      14' Certified Fiberglass

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Quik Fix View Post
        Bought some lye. Sprinkle on the wet boat, scrub to lather up. Let it sit a minute and hose off. Works great but not as good as the oven cleaner. Spray on, lather up and let sit a minute. wash off and a clean boat. Fumes are a killer though.
        Thank god we have masks coming out our butts
        Amber Leigh
        2003 246 Open
        5.7 Captains Choice
        330 HP

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        • #19
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          Liquid plumber bottle...
          Clorox, caustic soda and surface detergents.. might be worth a try too.
          Try if on a out of the way, inconspicuous area first to test it!





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          1986 26' HT w/5.7 PCM 330HP RWC

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          • #20
            Ok, was curious and decided to give it a try...
            This was a nickle sized blob of Liquid Plumber on a Scotch Bright pad.
            Scoured for about 30 seconds then rinsed.

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            1986 26' HT w/5.7 PCM 330HP RWC

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            • #21
              Think we're on to something here. Think I'll buy a thousand bottles of Liquid Plumber and rebottle it as "Radioman Boat Clean". $19.99 a bottle.
              1988 26' cuddy
              1975 20' open
              31 Grand Slam
              16' Sandpiper
              14' Certified Fiberglass

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              • #22
                Wow, I'm going to give that a try tomorrow. Nice work Chris!
                Steve
                1998 260 Mackinaw Sea Maxx 5.7 HO TBI 12' Klamath w/ 20hp Tohatsu EFI

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by radioman View Post
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                  Liquid plumber bottle...
                  Clorox, caustic soda and surface detergents.. might be worth a try too.
                  Try if on a out of the way, inconspicuous area first to test it!




                  Basically, bleach, dawn and lye.
                  1988 26' cuddy
                  1975 20' open
                  31 Grand Slam
                  16' Sandpiper
                  14' Certified Fiberglass

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                  • #24
                    Great result. Will have to give that a try. Thanks.
                    Mark
                    1990 26’ open 351W Indmar
                    1987 30’ Blackwatch twin 351W Crusaders (sold)

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                    • #25
                      Now, as long as the boat doesnt disintegrate over the next week...lol
                      Karen
                      Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
                      1986 Shamrock H/T with RWC 330 hp PCM, dual hydraulic helm
                      1992 Mako 211CC w/Mercury Optimax 175
                      3 other smaller OB boats and a trusty old canoe...

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                      • #26
                        I did the same thing a couple of years dry sanding black bottom paint and didn't check the topsides for a couple of days while working the bottom. The dew really set that black dust in the gelcoat and I tried lots of stuff to get it out. The final solution was as Mako says, Soft Scrub. Took a long time to get it all cleaned up and a lesson learned for sure! What a mess!

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                        • #27
                          Virus won't attach to it either!
                          Richard
                          78 20' cuddy
                          2004 pcm 351 HO FWC
                          BW 1:1

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                          • #28
                            Oh man. I have been there. A couple years back I had just finished a detail on a 36 judge and it looked perfect. The next day the guy next to me sanded his bottom and all of his dust ended up in my uncured wax. The answer is soft scrub with bleach, straight bleach, pressure washer, dawn dish detergent, compound with wool buffer, multiple pads. Polish. Good coat of wax. Yes i feel your pain!

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                            • #29
                              Apparently this is a somewhat common problem and because of this, we have learned of a super cleaner.
                              1988 26' cuddy
                              1975 20' open
                              31 Grand Slam
                              16' Sandpiper
                              14' Certified Fiberglass

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                              • #30
                                My previous life was in the Nuclear field. Material compatibility was a real issue. My gut says to keep it away from metal parts, fasteners in particular. Cant recall if the failure mode was Inter-granular Stress Corrosion Cracking (IGSCC) or something else but this type of material could be a real problem. Per WiKi: "In addition to aluminum, lyes may also react with magnesium, zinc, tin, chromium, brass, or bronze—producing hydrogen gas. Both the potassium and sodium forms are able to dissolve copper."

                                That said would use it but 1) wouldn't over apply and should minimize contact time, keeping to the surfaces to be cleaned, and 2) rinse, rinse, rinse, possibly using mild soap! Question, how long does it have to sit before rinsing? Any discoloration of hardware (rod holders, etc) noticed?
                                C Rhodes
                                26' Mackinaw - 1990
                                351 Indmar (1990-2006: Great Engine)
                                351 PCM (2006 - Current)
                                Southport, NC

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                                • Fisherlady2
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                                  Hence my 'hoping the boat doesn't disintegrate this week' comment, lol... We did rinse thoroughly and only left it on about 15-20 seconds before hitting it with the brush. Worked on small areas and avoided metals.
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