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How to deal with exhaust soot on transom?

My canoe back transom is sooty from this year's activity.

It scrubs off some what, but not all the way.

If there is a chemical way to remove the soot, let me know, I tried boat soap. Maybe a degreaser like MEK might work.

I hate to have to use polishing compound since that wears off the gelcoat.

I waxed 6 months ago, but was wondering if there is a good protectant to keep the soot from staining the gelcoat?

BTW: I've got 1700 hrs on my Yanmar and don't notice much smoke.

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I have same issue and use with great success this: CLICK HERE

apply, wait a minute or two, rinse off, no hard scrubbing just use a cloth.

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Magic Eraser by Mr Clean. Works wonders on gelcoat. Takes out all scuffs!
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I have the same problem on my canoe stern. Unfortunately its on the side away from the finger pier. Soap and long handled brush works pretty well but although I back in it can still be a bear to reach.
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Second the magic eraser. Put a good coat of wax on the area after cleaning though.

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This works pretty well....Roll Off Cleaner then spray the problem area with McLube Sailkote Dry Lubricant for Marine Environments

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I've read that Woody Wax does a pretty good job of preventing stuff from sticking to surfaces treated with it. I think the best preventative would be to wash the area after each use. I know that's a pain, but that's what powerboaters do.
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I use a long handled brush and a bottle of Simple Green. Non-toxic, evironmentally friendly and works like a charm.


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Same issue and agree with the suggested removal techniques though have not tried the Mr. Clean pads on the boat but know they work great at home.

Started adding the Sar Brite Startron (I think) treatment to the diesel and it has reduced the smoke and soot on the transom.

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Try Easy-Off oven cleaner - it won't hurt the gelcoat, but if you boat name is painted on, be careful, it will remove the paint. Years ago, I used Easy-Off to take the painted name off Paloma's stern, to replace it with a custom decal and it not only removed the paint, it also removed all the diesel soot.

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