Black Streaks On The Boat

If you own a boat, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Those grimy black streaks – I don’t even know what they are. But they are both common and annoying. Regular soap doesn’t get them off, the “black streak remover” they sell is expensive and not particularly effective, and plain elbow grease is not even all that great.

But voila! As we were cleaning the lazarette, I came across some Soft Scrub. I had heard something good about it years ago, so I bought some for the boat, but hadn’t thought twice about it in a long time. It’s definitely not good on fiberglass and probably wouldn’t make a suitable day-to-day cleaner even on paint.

But the aluminum bulwarks sure shined up nice and pretty with just a little effort.

It was good that the weather finally cleared a bit so we can continue getting on top of the chore list. Every spring, it’s a big job.

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  1. bowiechick
    June 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    I HATE the black streaks too! Though I am going to try some from this list of green cleaners of the AT site. Specifically just plain old baking soda and water…heck adding vinegar makes a fizzy reaction and scrubbing down the bayliner with it. I'll let you know how it goes! Here is the link:

  2. Travis and Maggie
    June 1, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    I got so excited reading this thinking you have found a simple solution for those nasty black streaks. I'm glad to hear about the aluminium, but what do you do about the streaks?! We used the mentioned black streak remover and it got rid of the streaks but dulled the paint, so now its more work waxing. OH well I better get to it. KJ is looking great. I'm impressed with your organizational efforts as well.

  3. rob
    June 1, 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Dont forget to spray ( with a garden spray) on some "wash and wax" after to protect the finish from getting dirty again quickly