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Old 02-06-2014, 15:26   #1
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Removing Bird Poo from Gelcoat

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does anyone have any ideas on how to remove the marks made by bird droppings on a shiny gelcoat surface?
Any help much appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2014, 15:33   #2
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Re: Removing bird poo from gelcoat

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Hello,
does anyone have any ideas on how to remove the marks made by bird droppings on a shiny gelcoat surface?
Any help much appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2014, 16:14   #3
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Re: Removing bird poo from gelcoat

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Hello,
does anyone have any ideas on how to remove the marks made by bird droppings on a shiny gelcoat surface?
Any help much appreciated.
Sherrinthesea
there is a specific bird poop and spider cleaner you can get, but I've found that bleach works best
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Re: Removing bird poo from gelcoat

Thanks Weavis ~great link.
Have not seen any of the commercial products mentioned though.
I'll try vinegar and see how I go. Might also try a water and bi carb soda paste.
Has anyone used these methods?
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Sailorboy1 ~ big thanks for that.
Will try applying bleach and report back.
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Re: Removing bird poo from gelcoat

pressure washer works great for me........and my nice white catamaran seems to attract the the flying rats....
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Re: Removing bird poo from gelcoat

Thanks Atoll - but I don't have access to a pressure washer.
And I'm trying not to use anything that will require buffing, if I can help it.
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Thanks Atoll - but I don't have access to a pressure washer.
And I'm trying not to use anything that will require buffing, if I can help it.
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bleach and,washing up liquid, or laundry soap powder works well with a broom and buckets of salt water to rinse after wetting down with a bit of fresh to get a lather.
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Laundry powder ~ don't know why I didn't think of that before.
The main thing is, I need to keep the shine.
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Barkeepers Friend is good also.
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Re: Removing Bird Poo from Gelcoat

I like "Simple Green". It's environmentally friendy and works very well, but this is a message from a boat owner that doesn't have bird poo sit more than 24 hours. I don't know about long term deposits!
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For the odd spot here's what you do :

Get a cloth, soak it in hot water, and place it over the poop for 5 mins. That will soften it up, and it will come right off.

I have to keep a car outside under a tree, and I use this method all the time.
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I've hosed it off very thoroughly then used a hard deck broom with truckwash. It seems to have stained. I then used a cloth, said detergent, and lots of elbow grease ~ which didn't do anything
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Re: Removing Bird Poo from Gelcoat

We've used the Starbrite bird and spider cleaner with fair success on seagull poop to clear out the majority. We found that the non-skid was harder to get the discoloration to go away. For that we used Davis Gelcoat Stain remover. Whatever was left after that, bleached out in the sun after a month or so. (This was on white gelcoat.) We like to think it was only noticeable to in the interim.
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Boil water. soak the poo with a rag soaked in water. Then come back in a few hours and pour boiling water on the poo. It will come right off with just a quick scrub. No harsh chemicals.
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