Q & A — May 2004
By Capt. Ken Kreisler
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FSR Big Job
Keeping your fiberglass hull and topsides clean and stain-free has always been a high priority on the daily maintenance list. With dirt, grime, and the more-than-occasional “gifts from above” courtesy of our feathered friends being constant annoyances, keeping the shiny finish can be a full-time job for you and your crew.
While cruising the maintenance aisles at the recent Miami International Boat Show, I came across a stain-cleaning product from Davis Instruments. Fiberglass Stain Remover (FSR) is a gel that the company says can remove rust stains as well as oil and exhaust and transom stains.
I sent a sample out to a friend of mine who runs a dive boat out of New Jersey. With his boat currently up on the hard, he was able to use FSR on not only some rust stains but also the grime and accumulated dirt of a harsh winter season. He reported that the product lived up to its claims. Using a sponge to apply the gel to the areas he needed to clean, and letting it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it with fresh water, he found that with some elbow grease and an additional application, he was able to get out some really stubborn stains.
FSR comes in 16-ounce bottles and 67.8-fluid-ounce containers. Suggested prices are $9.95 and $27.95, respectively. —K.K.
Davis Instruments Phone: (510) 732-9229. www.davisnet.com/marine/products/maintenance.asp.
This article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.