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Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

It's rare that I post in this area of the forum, but I thought this would be very beneficial to everyone.

Last week, I was looking to begin the arduous, annual task of cleaning and waxing my Morgan 33 Out Island hull, which was absolutely filthy from the past winter's harshness and grime. There were streaks of decaying rub rail running down the sides, rust stains from chain plate bolts that for some reason have recently developed a thin film of surface rust, and the usual soot and stuff that tends to accumulate every winter.

Normally, I go to work with various bleach and soap mixtures and a scrub brush, scrub the Hell out of the hull, then compound the worst stains, and finish with a couple coats of marina wax. A three day job at the very least, sometimes longer.

As I prepared the bucket of hot, soapy water, a fellow boater from the marina came up and said "Hey Gary, give this a try - you may be surprised." He handed me a spray bottle of yellow liquid, I sprayed some on a nasty stain near the stern quarter, waited about 10 to 15 seconds, then wiped with a terry cloth towel. The stain vanished, the hull was shiny and as clean as if I had just painted it. Unbelievable. I asked where he got this stuff and was told Dollar General for just $1 a quart. It is called Totally Awesome Cleaner. Bulk LA?s Totally Awesome All-Purpose Cleaner, 20 oz. at DollarTree.com

It took less than 2 hours to do the entire boat, the hull looks better than it has in years, and the next step was to rinse it down with fresh water and allow the hull to thoroughly dry. For added protection from the elements, I'm applying a couple coats of Poli-Glow
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This is similar to automotive clear coat, however, it has been formulated for marine use. Another guy at the marina did his boat last year with the product, and it look like a mirror finish throughout the year. And, this spring, he merely washed the boat with dish detergent and hot water, applied a single coat and it again looks incredible. It's a wipe on product that does not require buffing and takes less than an hour to do a 33 foot boat. How slick is that!

Have a great sailing season everyone,

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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

Thanks for the tip, Gary. I am looking for a good cleaner for the same purpose and I'll give it a try.. I hope it is available at the Canadian stores... I'll check them. How many bottles did it take to do your boat?
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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

Gary - be careful with the Poli Glow....the PO used it on my boat and it turned into a gummy mess after a couple of years. Apparently the first few years it looks great, as long as you strip the old stuff completely before applying a new coat.
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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

I used one 20 ounce bottle of Totally Awesome Cleaner to clean the entire boat.

I have no experience with the Poli-Glow yet, but I'll let you know how things go.

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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

I used the polyprep mixed a bit stronger than suggested to clean off my 3 year old poliglo (added a new layer each year), then cleaned the hull with soap and water before reapplying all new poliglo.
Looks great, saved hours if not days. Time is better spent sailing.
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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

Thanks, that's the kind of information I was hoping to hear about Poli-Glow. BTW, I was told that the Totally Awesome Cleaner would also remove Poli-Glow - don't know for sure, but it came from a reliable source.

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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

Are you in the water, or on the hard? Sounds like the way to go, but what about the wash down? Thanks.
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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

Good luck with the Poli-Glow. I know a few people that have used it. A few rave reviews and a couple of NEVER AGAIN. If it fails, be prepared for a major job to get it off.
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Re: Incredible hull cleaner, dirt cheap and fast.

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Gary - be careful with the Poli Glow....the PO used it on my boat and it turned into a gummy mess after a couple of years. Apparently the first few years it looks great, as long as you strip the old stuff completely before applying a new coat.
If he has already used the stuff, he'll regret it....and soon!
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