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  • How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

    As shown in the photo, I've got some scuff marks from docking. How do I get rid of these? Thanks much.


  • #2
    Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

    This may depend upon if these are on top of your black gelcoat, or gouged into the gelcoat.

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    • #3
      Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

      Not sure, but I suspect gouged into.

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      • #4
        Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

        Originally posted by golf101 View Post
        Not sure, but I suspect gouged into.
        Then it will depend upon how fussy you are about your boat.

        Many here will tell you to get a gelcoat repair kit and fill the gouges. You will have to do some finish sanding and polishing to make the repair seamless. Be prepared for a fair amount on elbow grease....

        If this were mine, I would do what I did for the black hull of my PWC. I went to Pep Boys and picked up a bottle of Turtle Wax black colored liquid car polish. Put it on...towel rubbed it when it dried...and my scratches were all but disappeared.

        Happy boating!

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        • #5
          Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

          If it's on top, acetone. If its inside, black magic marker.
          A man of constant boat tinkering.

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          • #6
            Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

            This is probably a really stupid question, but, being well known for those, I'm going to ask anyway. How can I tell whether it's just on top of the gelcoat or gouged into it?

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            • #7
              Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

              a gouge is very evident when the fiberglass layer is seen through the scratch, I have several on mine from incidents docking when I first started. Yours look more like surface scratches. Joe
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              • #8
                Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                Looks like vinyl residue to me, I use Goof Off or mineral spirits and rewax.
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                • #9
                  Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                  Originally posted by JAL51974 View Post
                  a gouge is very evident when the fiberglass layer is seen through the scratch, I have several on mine from incidents docking when I first started. Yours look more like surface scratches. Joe
                  I agree with you, Joe.

                  What I can tell from the picture is just cosmetic...not anything to worry about, except his pride (and joy)!

                  Happy boating!

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                  • #10
                    Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                    +1 on using acetone for surface marks - works great.
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                    • #11
                      Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                      Will acetone hurt the gelcoat? Seems like a pretty strong solvent.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                        I've removed quite a few scuff marks and scratches by simply using a good polish.
                        Deeper ones I have got rid of by lightly using a rubbing compound and then polish.

                        Difficult to tell but yours don't look too deep.

                        Good luck and use them fenders next time!
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                        • #13
                          Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                          I use the purple stuff cleaner to get scuffs off.

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                          • #14
                            Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                            Chris: What's the purple stuff?

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                            • #15
                              Re: How to get rid of scuff marks on boat hull

                              Acetone will disolve a corvet. Just saying,

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