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Old 09-19-2017, 12:52 AM   #1
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Instead of having my boat raised, power washed and put on blocks, I am trailering it home and power washing it myself. I know that the trailer will hide some spots so I'm first going physically scrub all that I can then power wash it clean, I hope.

My question is what hull cleaner can you recommend that works well when the power washer? The hull has ablative bottom paint on it.


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Not sure what kind of growth you get up there but I would think you'll have a pile of gunk at the house when done. Plus if it dries up before you get home it will be harder to get off.
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River algae gunk is what I'll have. Yes might be a little crispy when I get it home. I've Googled this just to see what is out there and most of the cleaners you spray on and are for boats that don't have bottom paint. I'm just going to pick up a gallon of krud buster for 19.95 at menards..

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Sounds like a plan, post before and after pictures when you do it.
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With ablative paint, power washing should probably be enough. The paint wears away from friction like a bar of soap. You may need to scrape on metal parts like drives and through hulls, though. I don't think you'll get better results using soap vs. Power washing.

Also, once it dries, that top layer of paint will be oxidized and should blast off pretty easily.

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All the yards around me simply powerwash with freshwater. No chemicals of any kind.
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All the yards around me simply powerwash with freshwater. No chemicals of any kind.
Water is a chemical.

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Thanks guys for the responses..the big day has arrived. Pulling the boat out this afternoon. We'll see how my pressure washer does...

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Thanks guys for the responses..the big day has arrived. Pulling the boat out this afternoon. We'll see how my pressure washer does...

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Before and after pictures please, of the boat not you.
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I'll give my best shot. With just my samsung tablet now I haven't got a clue how to get my apple 5 pics to this website so get head over to the maxumownsers Facebook page and I'll have a bunch. Bottom was mimimal. We have this crap called ducked weed in the water that floats on top and can attach to your hull but very easy to wash off. More of a rock base up here than muddy runoff down were I came from. Cleaner water if you can believe that in the Illinois river!


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