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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

Ive used a 1500 grit wet sandpaper to remove stains, little water a little pressure,,but dont go to far
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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

Soft-scrub with bleach; works every time.
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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

After you try all methods to remove the oil and have lightened the stain, try this: Let the soft scrub sit on the spot for a while to let the bleach work. Maybe soak a rag in bleach and let it sit on the spot.

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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

Also try oxalic acid. Bar keepers friend has it as an ingredient.

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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

Lots of good advice here. It seems that there are are a number of approaches here - start at the top (least damaging) and work down!:

1) Absorbent materials (cloths, powders, baking soda) - Warmth will reduce viscocity and make the process more effective

2) Detergents - which help encapsulate the oil molecules. making it water soluble (e,g, dawn)

3) Bleaches - which lighten the color. This should work great if the oil is dirty (e,g, carbon or other residue).

4) Abrasives - which remove a thin layer of gelcoat

The only thing I have not seen is reference to a solvent. Try acetone.

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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

.....and then ya havva smooth,clean, whiter spot!!!!

Clean as best ya can and live with it

But what gives with the spider poop????? worse than oil.
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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

You have sinned! Mentioned spider poop! AAGGHHH! Hate spider & bird poop!

I used to think that if you kept your boat properly waxed that you would not suffer from these maladies. Now i know better. I am overrun with spiders and barn swallows. I can deal with spiders to some degree. I've had to use "Home Defense" as a perimeter on the boat to keep most out as my daughter blows up like a balloon when bitten.
The barn swallows, well, until they let me use the shot gun i'll have to deal with cleaning daily. I have about/roughly 30 birds that live on my boat all day. This is how i know so much about soft-scrub with bleach as i go through a bottle a week. It's the only way i can make the boat sanitary to sit on. Hopefully the marina will address the issue before they get back in the spring.
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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

I found the birds nesting in my neighbors open ended boom.
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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

You must be my neighbor! The plug fell out and my neighbor informed me of the nest.

I have 6 nests under my dock finger alone. It's a hard dock on the land side so there is about 50 nests. If you have ever dealt with barn swallows before you can know how frustrating they can be.
Don't get me wrong; i love them. They are a gorgeous bird. It's just extremely frustrating cleaning mountains of poop off the boat every week (3 hrs). My boats my baby (100k baby, retirement home) and i agonize every week using soft-scrub on her. Most of my neighbors are large powerboats so they don't get it quite as bad. Still bad though.
Hopefully i have convinced the marina to put up netting before there return in the spring.
The other sailors come over to look and laugh at my dilemma. Plus side.... she is really clean every week for about a day or so. No mold, spider poop, nothing
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Re: Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

Tilex with Bleach - $6 a bottle.
Scrub with a deck brush and flush with cold water.
Don't over think this!
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