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Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?

You just go however many inches and snap a line or what. My boat has a funky curve the the back end as well. My biggest concern is laying that new line. Maybe I'm over thinking it.

Really what I'm saying is do you just measure up 6 inches from the waterline in several locations and follow those marks, i.e., how do you make sure the line is level?

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Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?

I use a product called FSP I get it from my local chandler. Its a blue gel product and I find it works great. Just brush it on with an old soft 3" paint brush and let it sit for a few mins and the using the brush to scrub it off while I rinse with fresh water.
Does well for the slime and rust stains and dirt in general.
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I second the toilet bowl cleaner...it is a fraction of the price of a "marine" product and works just fine
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Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?

To mark the new water line location, assuming your boats sits level (port to starboard) use the existing scum line top edge as the existing actual water level. Or use your existing line to measure off of. To raise it 6" up from that point, you can use a pencil and measure up 7" and mark every 12" along the the boot. Or cut a piece of cardboard 7" (make template) use that instead of having to measure 100 times. Then take 1" painters tape and apply the tape. Applying the painters tape is good practice for the vinyl application. The painters tape is easy to apply and very forgiving. Like any tape, don't press in on too hard and it will can be easily lifted off and adjusted. When you have it where you want it, them apply pressure, then use a hard object to press the edges to get the best seal. You can also bend tapes to make a radius, not a tight radius. It depends on the width and type of the tape as to how tight a radius. Vinyl will bend easier that painters tape. Warmer vinyl will bend easier then cold... You will get the idea fast, and if not get help.

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Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?

I've used household cleaner, just water and a scotch pad, sometimes just sanded lightly (which you'll need to do anyway to recoat). It depends on how dirty it is and whether you've been in oily, scummy water for a while. If it's oily residue, some solvent like gas on a rag works or maybe some acetone LIGHTLY applied to a rag so you don't dissolve the existing paint. I need to repaint my waterline this year. Have been using Perfection but I don't like the way it holds up.

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Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?

My local marina sold me a product called "Zing". Seems to do a nice job, and I use it annually.

Here's a link: Zing Ahead | Boat Hull Cleaner | Marine Cleaner | Aluminum Pontoon Boat Cleaner
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Re: whats the best way to clean a fouled bootstripe?

On Off works for me. This what mine looked like when it came out this year.

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