Monthly Archives: August 2014
With the change in weather over the last week, it seemed appropriate that I should bring up the subject of the appearance of green mould on decks (both teak and GRP) and on spray hoods, canopies etc. Usually not a problem to the side of the boat that is ‘blessed’ with sunlight, however the opposite side that does not get its fair share that’s another matter as it’s surprising how quickly it can appear.
I was introduced to Wet & Forget by Trevor the boss man at Tip Top Sail Laundry early this year, they had been asked to treat an extremely large sail only 1200 sq mtrs property of Mirabella V. Always on the lookout for something that does what it says and out of curiosity because it does not require any elbow grease I obtained a small quantity and in early March of this year sprayed Wet & Forget on a area of a wood fence/brick wall at the side of our house that rarely sees the sun, six days all the ‘green’ had almost disappeared! My next test was conducted on a road sign which looked as though it hadn’t been cleaned for ten years, three weeks later a marked improvement! Since then we have used it on a couple of boats in the local marina, with excellent results, shame the camera with those images fell overboard, but that’s another story! The beauty of Wet & Forget is that you DON’T need to use any elbow grease nor an aggressive high pressure hose which can cause tremendous damage to wooden decks and fabrics.
BONDA WOOD HARDENER:
For more years than I care to remember we sold the Boatlife range of products and an excellent range of products they were. One of the items they produced was Git-Rot which was a ‘wood hardener’ that was excellent for strengthening rotten and decayed wood. I lost count of the number of customers who successfully repaired stems on dinghies and seams on larger boats with this product. Whats more they came back in to tell me about it and how good it was. When the Boatlife range disappeared/became harder to obtain we searched around for an "as good as" substitute and are pleased to report that Bonda Wood Hardener gets my nod as having very similar properties to Git-Rot.
In one's haste to clear the desk before our delivery trip from Newcastle to Heligoland and then on through the Kiel canal to the Baltic, I forgot to mention in my last 'Top Tips Blog' that I often use Shurhold Magic Wool bronze hand pads after a session with the Shurhold Stainless Steel Detailing Brush. The bronze wool pads are great for use on teak and brightwork, polishing chrome, stainless, copper and brass surfaces. If you have solar panelling fitted, you'll be pleased to hear you can use the 'Magic Wool' on those too as well as other glass surfaces as they are ultra fine and rust resistant.
23. Top Tips Tuesday - Shurhold Detailing Brush - The Shurhold Detailing Brush, perfect for cleaning those hard to reach areas . . .
My new build which is taking three more years that I had thought to complete is called Hindsight, nuff said! Sadly the exterior of Hindsight does get gets a little bit neglected during our busy season so by the time the spring and early summer rush dies down she does need more than a little bit of TLC to bring her back up to scratch. Cleaning the deck is relatively easy, I use Starbrite Non Slip Deck Cleaner and that gets most of the dirt off, however it's those hard to get to areas where the Shurhold Detailing Brush comes into its own. It's of medium stiffness, it quickly removes grease and grime and is ideal for trim, mouldings, teak and much more.