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Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

We have completed travel from the Chesapeake to Florida and have gotten a substantial "mustache" on the bow. Tried standard cleaners with no success. Would appreciate advice on what has worked for others. Thank you.

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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

Mary Kate's On Off, or any of the acidic cleaners - if you can find one go with the gel type.
You simply wipe it on and hose it off, but you might have to rewax the area. Nothing else seems to work. Wear gloves.
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

+1 on Mary Kate. A nylon scrubbie with On&Off helps. Wear rubber gloves and cuff them so it doesn't run down your arm (ask me how I know).

Guessing though that you might be in the water... On&Off can't be good for the fishies so others may have better suggestions.
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

FSR works easily rub on and use gloves

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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

I've found it goes away one its own in a month or so. Sun and bugs I guess. It's just tanin.

I'd rather not risk the run-off and potencial paint stripping. Beside, now you look well-traveled.
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

Try lemon juice. I believe you be surprised.
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

Iron out. Get it at any home improvement store. Comes in powder form. Mix with water and wipe it on with a sponge then rinse. I have had good luck with it.
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

It will go away on it's own after a while. I prefer that method, but I'm lazy and with what you pay for the cleaner, gloves and scrubby you can buy a round of drinks.
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

+1 on the lemon juice concentrate from your nearest grocery store. Fill up a cheap spray bottle from the dollar store (or a re-purposed one from the trash), and you're in business!
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Re: Hull Cleaning - "the mustache"

You'd be surprised at what a good job plain bottled lemon juice does, but for best and quickest results I use Starbrite Hull Cleaner. Spray on and rinse off with either product. Both are going to attack your hull wax, I think the lemon juice is somewhat more environmentally friendly and less harsh to the wax job.
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