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How often should I apply Canvas Shield to keep my top dry?

Adam Almas asked:

I love your Canvas Shield. It’s the first time in 3 years that the top hasn’t leaked on my SeaRay. I tried 3 other products and nothing worked like your Canvas Shield product. I used your FabriKlean to clean the mold from the camper top. That stuff is amazing. Then I sprayed it with Canvas Shield and no leaks for almost 4 months now. My question is how often do I need to re-apply it to keep my top protected. I never want a leaky, moldy top again.

Answer:

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I recommend once a year. It should be part of your annual preventative maintenance routine: clean it with Fabri-Klean and re-waterproof it with Canvas Shield. This can be done while the canvas is on your boat to eliminate stretching and shrinking and it’s much more convenient. Fabri-Klean is environment friendly and free rinsing so you won’t harm the environment. Canvas Shield is PTFE free and low in VOC’s so there’s no carcinogenic PFOA out gassing and it’s non-toxic. Regular use won’t harm you, your family or the environment and it will protect your marine canvas against UV damage and color fade so you’ll get more life from your top or cover.

Canvas Shield will continue to protect your marine canvas longer than one year, so you can wait until your top or cover starts to leak and you get mould again, then try to fix it,or keep it clean and protected so you don’t have to deal with the problem. In addition, growing mold on your canvas top or cover will promote mold growth throughout your boat and can cause damage to the seats, carpets, etc. and of course it’s not healthy for humans to be around mold.Sort of like changing the oil in your car. You can do it every few thousand miles or wait for the motor to start smoking. In the end, the preventative maintenance routine is a lot less expensive.

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Captain Aurora
Richard Kittar


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How can I stop the stainless steel on my boat from rusting?

John Tolley asked:

How can I stop the stainless steel on my boat from rusting? I’m in Florida. I use your Boat Scrub to clean the rust. It does a great job. Then I protect the stainless with wax but the rust keeps coming back and it also stains the fiberglass.  Do you have a solution?

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This is a common problem with Stainless Steel from salt air, or if it gets splashed with salt water. This happens in coastal areas on boats and architectural stainless steel all over the world. Salt de-icing fluids also cause rusting on stainless steel further inland. The salt coating prevents oxidation at the surface which is necessary to maintain the stainless in a passive state. As soon as the metal becomes active again, it begins to rust.

Cleaning or removing the rust is only part of the solution. You also need to re-passivate the metal, otherwise even minute traces of rust, remaining in any crevices, will act as a seed to start the rusting process all over again, even if it’s protected with wax or polish. Unfortunately, the traditional method of passivation; sending the stainless pieces to a plant where it’s dipped in hot acid, is not always convenient or practical.

Aurora Marine has invented Quick Silver, which is a combination Cleaner and Passivator, allowing you to thoroughly clean the Stainless Steel and Passivate it without having to remove the Stainless Steel. You simply brush or wipe the Quick Silver on the rusty stainless, wait 15 to 20 minutes and rinse it clean. It’s even safe to use on fiberglass to remove the rust stains. Although a new invention, it’s already proven to be effective on boats as well as architectural Stainless Steel on buildings.

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Afterwards, you can protect your Stainless Steel against future rusting by applying two coats of Stainless Shield. It’s a clear coat that you apply by wiping on and allowing to dry. Stainless Shield can protect your Stainless Steel against future rusting for up to 5 years.

Here’s another thing that I cleaned & protected with Stainless Shield in less than 10 minutes. Nice! -Richard Sherman, Australia

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Captain Aurora

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Protecting Non-Skid Decks in Salt Water Environment

Patrick DeLuca asked:

Will SURE STEP work in a salt water environment?

Answer:

Yes, Sure Step works well in salt water environments. It will seal the pores in your gelcoat to protect your decks from salt attack and also make clean up and removal of salt with a fresh water rinse much easier.

Thanks for your question,

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Richard Kittar

 

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What products will keep the pontoons on my brand new tri-toon looking new and shiny?

Brent Henderhan asked:

I have recently purchased a new tri-toon and I’m looking for a product to keep the pontoons looking new and shiny. I live in Ohio and will be keeping the boat in the water during the summer. I have one of your brochures and was wonder which product I should chose.  I see the Alumetron and the VS721, do I use both?

Answer:

Hi Brent,

Applying these protective coatings when your boat is new, before it’s put in the water, is the best time to do it. Even a few days in the water can stain the aluminum and if you leave it in for the season, then you have bio-fouling removal as well as stains and streaks to deal with. Too many people use strong acids, not intended for use on aluminum, to remove the marine growth and that etches the aluminum and turns it white and streaky. Then you have a restoration project on your hands, which is time consuming and expensive.

You need to use both products, Alumetron 1st and then VS721. This combination can last up to 10 years and comes with a 3 year factory warranty.

Alumetron bonds chemically to the aluminum so it can be used below the waterline as well as above. VS721 is a low surface energy coating that ads durability to the Alumetron to reduce scuffing from fenders and makes the pontoon easy to keep clean and also functions as a foul release coating below the waterline to reduce fouling attachment. Alumetron is a one-time application and VS721 needs to be re-applied annually. It’s a wipe on, wipe off product so it’s easy to use.

Because of the chemical bond, it’s necessary to make sure the pontoons are perfectly clean before applying Alumetron. Even brand new boats have contaminates on the aluminum; welders’ smut, machine oils, hand prints, road film, road salt, dirt, etc. and this has to be removed. You can use Boat Clean Plus and a Marine Power Mitt to clean the pontoons if they already look clean, but if you see any contaminates, then use Alumabuff with a Marine Power Mitt.

The cleaning process is similar; wet the pontoon, spray a fine mist of Boat Clean Plus on the surface and scrub it with the mitt and then rinse clean or if you’re using Alumabuff wet the surface, put some Alumabuff on the mitt and scrub and rinse clean. Be sure to always scrub with the grain (horizontal ) to avoid the possibility of leaving scuff marks. When clean and dry, you can apply the Alumetron.

If your boat is on a trailer, you can lift it off the bunks to get to the bottom of the pontoons, using the instructions in the Ask the Skipper blog: https://www.auroramarine.com/main/ask-the-skipper/how-to-lift-your-pontoon-boat-off-the-trailer-bunks/

Here’s a link to our How To apply Alumetron video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzqTJmJ6n8U&t=60s

And, here’s a link to our Pontoon Calculator that will tell you how much of each product you will need: Pontoon Calculator.

Here’s the results that Bill got on his new tritoon: https://www.auroramarine.com/aurora/gallery/gallery-bill-tritoon.php

Thanks for your question,

Captain Aurora

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AJ at Nauticus Detailing sent us some interesting Before and After pictures that I would like to share with you

I’m so impressed with the EZ Buff system and so is my customer. The progressive grit and Lumiglow technology is brilliant. With the saving in labor, I can charge more for my time and still save my customers money. I get better results, faster, so I can do more boats, and my customers couldn’t be happier. It’s a Win, Win!

We are very excited to share our EZ Buff images with Aurora Marine. “Nauticus Detailing” was hired to buff the Boat with 3 Different 3M Buffing compounds by the customer.

We did 2 tests to show him the difference: A.)  One Step EZ Buff Buffing cream with Extender & B.) 3 different 3M products. When my customer saw the shine and compared the time + cost for product + Labor involved he understood right away why Auroras’ One Step EZ Buff Cream is really EZ on his Boat and his Wallet.    

The new progressive Grit system cut the labor to less than 1/2 and the Lumiglow in EZ Buff brought back the Lost Shine even beyond his expectations. He’s already sent me 3 referrals. After the Premium Boat Shine was applied, I felt comfortable guaranteeing that he would have this shine for at least the Whole Season and told him that if he kept the Premium Boat Shine up it could last for years without having to buff out the gelcoat again. He asked me to come by and apply the Premium Boat Shine from time to time to maintain the shine. I think I have a customer for life.

I’ll let the Before & After pictures do the talking.

AJ

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How to Clean SeaRay Boat Carpet?

Robert Bacanskas asked:

My SeaRay cabin floor has glued in plush carpet. Do you have any suggestions how to clean it?

Answer:

SeaRay makes a quality boat and uses better quality materials like marine grade plywood floors, marine grade waterproof adhesives and synthetic fiber carpeting, but not all boats are built to SeaRay standards, so you need to be careful when cleaning the carpet. Use of aggressive chemicals or steam cleaning can lift the carpet, in spots, and cause rot to the underlying plywood flooring.

Aurora Boat Clean Plus does a great job. It will remove ground in dirt, oil, grease, coffee stains, red wine stains, pet urine, mold, mildew, food stains, gum, bird droppings, ink, and more. It’s non-corrosive so it won’t damage the carpet, it’s biodegradable so it won’t hurt the environment and safe for humans to use.

To Clean your Boat Carpet:

Since your carpet is glued in, you need to be careful that if your carpet cleaning is too aggressive, it may release the adhesion properties of the glue or the cleaning solution may even penetrate into the floor and cause rot, especially if the plywood is not marine grade.

The safest and most effective procedure is as follows:

  • We a wet / dry shop vac, vacuum the entire carpet thoroughly.
  • Work in small, manageable section at a time; 3 or 4 ft square.
  • Pre-spot any obvious stains by spraying Boat Clean Plus full strength on the stains and rub it in with a sponge or scrub brush.
  • Add warm water to a bucket and add some Boat Clean Plus. Use a large sponge and squeeze it and relax it until you get a nice head of foam. You may have to add more Boat Clean Plus until you get a nice foam.
  • Use the foam on the carpet and scrub it with the sponge. This will clean the fibers without penetrating too deeply into the backing, glue and subfloor.
  • Use the shop vac, set up for wet vacuuming, to vacuum up the foam and dirt. Vacuum back and forth in one direction and then repeat in a second direction at a 90 degree angle.
  • Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly.
  • Vacuum again.
  • Use a scrub brush to fluff up the carpet fibers.

Your carpet will look new again and smell fresh!

Thanks for your question,

Captain Aurora

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How to Protect New Vinyl Seating

Doug asked:
Hi, I just had the exterior upholstery replaced on my boat and haven’t reinstalled the newly covered pieces yet. Since it is brand new what are your recommendations to protect it initially and for future care/maintenance?
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Wash them first with EZ Vinyl Cleaner and then protect them with two coats of Vinyl Guard..
Vinyl Guard is a 3rd generation vinyl protector and will protect better than earlier technologies. It is not greasy, oily or slippery and will not transfer to clothing. Two coats will last up to 6 months, in temperate climates and 3 months in tropical climates. Vinyl Guard will protect against UV, suntan lotions, dirt and grime soiling, food and beverage spills, bird droppings and will maintain water resistance. Because of its durability, it requires less maintenance and is less expensive than earlier technology products that need to be reapplied every week or two.
Even though it’s brand new vinyl, it’s still important to wash first with EZ Vinyl Cleaner. The reason is that when vinyl is manufactured, excess amounts of plasticisers are added to the vinyl to act as a lubricant during calendaring and this has to be removed prior to application of Vinyl Guard so that there is no adverse reaction between the chemicals. EZ Vinyl Cleaner is a free rinsing, water based, water activated, cleaner and degreaser. It’s safe for all vinyl surfaces, non-corrosive and will not degrade stitching or leave pink spots in the vinyl.
Vinyl Guard also makes the vinyl more resistant to soiling and much easier to keep clean.
Plasticizers, usually a variety of phthalates plus adipates for low temperature resistance and trimellitates for heat resistance, are added to normally rigid PVC to make and keep it flexible and resistant. The chemical composition of vinyl can vary from manufacture to manufacture and this effects quality, price and durability. Even though plasticisers are low in volatility and do not migrate easily into the atmosphere, this will happen over time, depending on the composition and quality of the vinyl, and the process is accelerated by radiation from the sun. Vinyl Guard contains plasticisers and each application restores lost plasticisers. Regular use can double the life of your vinyl seating.
For regular maintenance, rinsing with clean water and wiping with a microfiber cloth or chamois is usually all that is required. If the seats become soiled to the point where water won’t remove the soil, you can use EZ Vinyl Cleaner and water to clean them. Light cleaning will usually not remove the Vinyl Guard but if heavy scrubbing is required to get them clean then re-application of Vinyl Guard is recommended. Otherwise cleaning and re-application as above is recommended every 3 to 6 months.
We also recommend thorough cleaning and application of Vinyl Guard prior to storage. Vinyl Guard will resist the penetration of mold stains. In the event that mold develops on the seats, it can easily be washed away with EZ Vinyl Cleaner and it will not penetrate and stain the seats. This is important as once mold stains penetrate into the vinyl, it becomes indelible and the seats need to be recovered, which as you know is expensive.
For you convenience, both EZ Vinyl Cleaner and Vinyl Guard are available in a Vinyl Care Kit.
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