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Cleaning & polishing gellcoat non skid

So what's every one using to clean the waffle texture gel coat on the top sides. I'm in the PNW and the black dock grunge that gets tracked on the boat is the issue. I've used Ajax with a stiff brush but it's probably not so good for the gelcoat?
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Ajax is probably a bit abrasive. We've been using an inexpensive low powered pressure washer.. takes a while but gets into the pattern nicely. Tried a non-skid cleaner/polish this fall but less than impressed. I've heard good things about "Woody Wax" and will try that in the spring.
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Ajax and Comet do not have the grit level it use to and at least on my older 1981 boat it gets the stuff off and its allready as faded as its gonna get
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I have always been impressed with Simple Green and a stiff brush.
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for wax

ive been using nufinish, the once a year carwash to polish. for the bad stains i was using a bit of acetone. found the gas powered heavy dooty powerwasher knocked off most of the crap. i have wasted more money on products that dont actually do anything... but make my arm sore.

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When they get too bad and deck cleaner wont take them off I use a small medium strength bristle brush and a cleaner wax. I then use a terry cloth towel to buff it off. The cleaner gets the spots off but leaves a protective coating between the no skid so the deck stays cleaner longer. So far I haven't run into any issue with the deck being slippery after I'm done. BTW I also do this periodically on the cockpit sole and floors in the heads. A lot of work but well worth the effort.
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For those dark spots down in the deep recesses of the non skid that don't want to come off, I pick them out with a nail then clean the deck. My wife and I each took one side of our 36' boat, and it took us about two hours to pick all that stuff out. It's been about a year since we did that, and no more black spots have returned. Picking it out was time consuming, but it did the job.
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