How To Remove Oil From Gelcoat ?

Discussion in 'Sunfish Talk' started by TriniSailor, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. TriniSailor

    TriniSailor New Member

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    Hey folks,

    I had a lovely sail today in a constant 15 knot wind with 5 foot swells. Lots of action and hiking but while passing in the bay to return to my slipway. There was an oil slick and with the waves it splashed onto the deck and also on the transom.

    I need some tips on how to remove it and hopefully get it back as close as possible to original. 38DDCEF8-9949-4957-84D3-89C61F75AD9E.jpeg 0CC40C10-09DA-41B9-9E56-C667F98715EA.jpeg
     
  2. Truckeeskibum

    Truckeeskibum New Member

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    Never had this happen personnally.

    Off hand I'd recommend Dawn dish soap and a sponge.
     
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  3. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    nasty...yes Dawn as a first choice. Who stole your bow handle :-D
     
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  4. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    Speaking of stains: I hadn't noticed that I'd cut myself on something, and several drops of blood landed on the deck's gelcoat. :confused: Though somewhat faded, they're still there after four years! :(
     
  5. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    Mr wind....wax your hull...ya bum!!! Takes 15 mins with a fish!. That 40 yr old porous gelcoat....
     
  6. TriniSailor

    TriniSailor New Member

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    Hahaha that’s how I got the boat. I would like to put a cleat instead of a handle alone since the cleat can work as a handle and a place to tie onto as well.
     
  7. TriniSailor

    TriniSailor New Member

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    I’ll try and let you guys know how it comes along. Thanks !
     
  8. signal charlie

    signal charlie Active Member Staff Member

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    Dawn to get rid of the big chunks. The Iron Out to clean it up. 3M Fiberglass Restorer and Wax to protect it.

    Pleas use the classic bow handle. You can tie off to that and your holes are already drilled.
     
  9. Light and Variable Winds

    Light and Variable Winds Well-Known Member

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    One of my five Sunfish has a cleat :confused: instead of the classic bow handle.

    You wouldn't believe how snagged-up that cleat can get! :oops:

    Signal Charlie is correct—the original design is perfect. :cool:

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  10. mixmkr

    mixmkr Active Member

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    I agree on the bow handle vs the cleat. Lifting the bow off a trailer, etc... a cleat isn't as friendly a handhold... and yes, the snagging for sure. No...no jib sheets on a fish, but something will jump somewhere and snag.... or at the least you'll stub your toe dancing on the foredeck at night with the gang.

    oh... I think the newer fish have alum backing plates, but I put some on my older 69. I could hang mine from the rafters with the handle, as long as the handle held. It aint going anywhere.
     
  11. Alan S. Glos

    Alan S. Glos Active Member

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    I can sell you a nice used Sunfish bow handle for $12 + $7 for USPS Flat Rate shipping. E-mail me at: aglos@colgate.edu for photos if you are interested.

    Alan Glos
    Cazenovia, ny
     

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