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Engines out...time to scrub bilge
Oct 3rd, 2013 at 8:46am
 
I figure while the engines are out I should clean the bilge completely. What do you guys like to use for such a job?
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Reply #1 - Oct 3rd, 2013 at 11:19am
 
I've always heard purple power was good.  I used simple green, dawn, and for the actual floor of the bilge (no wires) after the previous mentioned, I used soft scrub with bleach.  After letting soft scrub set for about 30 min with plug in, flushed with water profusely. Then I used simple green one more time to get rid of any residue left behind.  On all this I was very liberal with the amount of cleaners applied.  Verrrrry strong solution of simple green.
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Reply #2 - Oct 3rd, 2013 at 6:31pm
 
Captain YARRR wrote on Oct 3rd, 2013 at 8:46am:
I figure while the engines are out I should clean the bilge completely. What do you guys like to use for such a job?


I like the Spray Nine degreaser:

http://www.spraynine.com/products/marine-cleaners

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Reply #3 - Oct 3rd, 2013 at 8:59pm
 
Thanks Jeff! I'll give that routine a try.

Greg, after your recommendation I got some Spray Nine, it works great on a ton of things around the boat. Especially when my transom had a lot of soot on it. Got a few spots in the bilge it's not really working on though.
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Reply #4 - Oct 10th, 2013 at 1:34pm
 
So Capt, how did the bilge cleaning go? 
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Reply #5 - Oct 10th, 2013 at 8:10pm
 
Got to find a day when I can take off for work for a while to go out there. Hopefully in the next couple weeks. Getting damn busy with work though.
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Reply #6 - Oct 26th, 2013 at 3:39pm
 
Just bought enough chemicals to poison an ocean. Going to head over on Monday to clean her up. Maybe Bob will even give me some good news that my parts are in...but not counting on it. Custom stuff takes forever.
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Reply #7 - Oct 28th, 2013 at 9:13pm
 
All done! Damn I'm so much happier having that mess cleaned up. Looks so much better.

Saw all the parts, everything is looking great. Supposedly it's getting assembled next week. Excited to see the new intakes put on, should look really good.
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Reply #8 - Oct 29th, 2013 at 1:21pm
 
I'll be cleaning out my bilge in the next couple of months. What worked best on the tough grime??

I was thinking abt using mineral spirits but inside the bilge, the fumes might be a bit much.
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Reply #9 - Oct 29th, 2013 at 4:18pm
 
I looked for Purple Power but all Walmart had was Mean Green. Used that to loosen it up then used soft scrub on the tough spots.

Worked really well! If it wasn't dark I would have taken an "after" pic.

The key tho...power washer. Made all the difference.
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Reply #10 - Oct 29th, 2013 at 7:40pm
 
I was about to give a hard time about not having before and after pictures.  the old if there is no pictures it never happened  Grin Grin

I am happy to hear your boat maybe coming back together soon
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Reply #11 - Oct 29th, 2013 at 9:46pm
 
Hopefully I'll have an after picture with engines instead!
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