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Good Product: Waterline Stain Remover
I figured I'd post as I use different products as to my experiences with them. Perhaps the information can help others.
When hauling Pelican from Lake Champlain we had a large brown waterline stain all the way around. Algae, decomposing plant materials, etc. make this stain. A pressure washer would not take it off. If you ran your hand over it, it felt like it had permeated the hull (i.e. completely smooth).
I bought "Interlux Heavy Duty Stain Remover" based upon a recent Practical Sailor review (it was one of many recommended products). I followed the directions, applying it VERY liberally on the waterline stain. It's a gel, so it doesn't drip. I let it sit for about 7-8 minutes and then wiped it down. There was no sign of a stain remaining. Two points: 1) As I mentioned, be liberal in its use. The spots where I was not liberal didn't work as well, 2) You kinda sorta have to wipe it off twice - the first time to wipe off the liberal amounts, and the second time to wipe off the remaining scum (which comes right off).
I'd highly recommend this product! It was fairly inexpensive, and was fast and easy to use. I bought it from West although I'm sure you can find it many places.
By the way, I bought 1 quart. I used maybe a quarter bottle to do the entire waterline of my 40' sailboat.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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