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Old 01-10-2008, 18:18   #1
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diesel stains

Got some diesel soot stains on my fiberglass non-skid. Engine degreaser, acetone & soft scrub with bleach didn't get it up.

What will help me get it up?
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Old 01-10-2008, 18:29   #2
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How might have that happened? Diesel soot should come off easily.
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Try Comet, and a brush. Make sure to soak the area for awhile before you scrub it. If that does not work, are you certain it is diesel soot?
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Trucked the boat. Truck spewed diesel soot splatters. Must have had a bad engine. The hull needed to be wetsanded, nothing else worked. Don't want to wetsand the non-skid. It's diesel exhaust soot stains.
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Yikes! I hope you find something. I have used Mary Kate 'On Off" hull cleaner with some success. I think it is a diluted acid based cleaner. Use lots of water on the rinse.
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Trucked the boat. Truck spewed diesel soot splatters. Must have had a bad engine. The hull needed to be wetsanded, nothing else worked. Don't want to wetsand the non-skid. It's diesel exhaust soot stains.

Try the Sonicare sonic toothbrush with either toothpaste or baking soda. Costs $100. Buy additional brushes cuz it also does a pretty good job on teeth. Do not expect an electric toothbrush to to the same as a sonic brush.
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When I was aboard tugs...we used Tide...laundry soap...don't ask me why it worked but it did.
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my boat has just been trucked up from Florida with exactly the same issue - black marks all over the hull and deck that I can't remove due to a bad Diesel engine in the truck - could you tell me how what luck you had in resolving this issue - hull / deck / non-skid? Greatly appreciate the help.
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Re: diesel stains

I would start with TFR (traffic film remover) its what the truckers use in pressure washes this side of the pond. normally available from auto stores and needs diluting down for ordinary cleaning or use as concentrate with care on stuborn stains. It will strip the oils out of your hands so rubber gloves advisable.

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Re: diesel stains

Another product from West Marine is FSR, short for fiberglass stain remover, this stuff has a slight acid base, you put it on, wait for a couple of minutes then scrub or wash it off. Takes rust stains off great. Don't know about diesel soot.
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Re: diesel stains

Try oven cleaner. It removes rust and Cetol stains. Might work for diesel stains as well.
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Try Meguires bug and tar remover.
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Re: diesel stains

Kerosene.. Cheap and it works.
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Kerosene.. Cheap and it works.
Or diesel fuel. Then wash it off with Windex.
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