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post #11 of 33 Old 09-28-2008
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Dawn, a scrub brush, water, and a wet/dry shop vac are the tools you need.
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Thanks for the input. I'll try to work up the nerve to get goin on it soon
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Find a product called Oil Eater, I used to get it at HD, it is absolutely the best. I have used this for years cleaning up the shop after breaking down the race bikes.

far better and enviromentally safer then purple power

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... as it's will de-fat your skin.
Wouldn't many people see this as a benefit?
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No, because it damages the skin and causes it to look much older and makes it less resilient. If it could de-fat the head, it would help a lot of people IMHO though...
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Cleaning nasty greasy bilges?

'Tide Regular Scent' - it works great!. I will first take care of the Oil - separately and dispose it safely. Then a spoonful of Tide in the bilges. Let the rocking of the boat shake things up and then wash it off with some water (the bilge pump should do the trick). I doubt if any of the cleaning fluids harm epoxy+glass, but they sure will harm the water where the boat stands. Tide is relatively safe and leaves the insides smelling good.
Good luck!
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Bilge de-oiler

The most amazing product I've used is TKO, a brand of d-limonene, the chemical name for orange oil. It isn't cheap but nothing cuts oil better.
The fact that it is produced only from oranges makes it environmentally friendly. The same caution applies regarding skin contact, though. Gloves are mandatory if using it undiluted. Don't ask me how I know! I buy it by the gallon. And of course it smells great if you like oranges.

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Some of the purple cleaners are LYE based, be vrey careful about that. Even diluted, lye is caustic and may remove paint and varnish and soften or discolor fiberglass if it is not neutralized (dilute acid washed) when you are done with it.

A friend of mine got too enthusiastic, I believe with the original Castrol purple cleaner, and years ago took the varnish off his kitchen cabinets. "OOpsie."

Steam is great, but for some of us it is impossible to locate or rent a steam genny, you need to be in farm country to find them!
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Sugar soap. The stuff you use for cleaning surfaces before house painting. Works a treat. I wouldn't pump the resulting slurry overboard, however.

I must go down to the sea again ...
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That's where the wet/dry vac comes in. Vacuum up all the nasty stuff and flush it down a toilet (on land).
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