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    My Sweetwater is a 2006 model.

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    #1 August 31st, 2010, 06:35 AM
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    Cleaning pontoon tube questions

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    I recently bought a used pontoon that has scummy tubes. I am asking for help from the experts. I have three questions.

    1- I have Starbright Hull cleaner with Oxalic acid. Will that clean the tubes and make them bright again?

    2- Will it kill my Grass?

    3- Will it harm the Aluminum?

    Please answer all three questions if you can and thanks in advance.
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    #2 August 31st, 2010, 08:47 AM
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    You should get your toon manual from the builder and see what they recommend. Godfrey recommends that you NOT remove the oxidation in their manual. There must be a reason for this.

    Alot of people use acid and sand their logs, The logs are only .080 thick and you don't want to be removing any of the Aluminum.


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    #3 August 31st, 2010, 10:39 AM
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    Don't have any answers, but there is a similar longer thread with much discussion (and opinion) on this subject:

    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread....ighlight=shine

    Oh, I do have an answer, sort of. One of the products used for pontoon cleaning is an air conditioner coil cleaner... It seems unlikely that it would kill the grass, since many A/C units are surrounded by grass.
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    #4 August 31st, 2010, 11:05 AM
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    I recently bought a used pontoon that has scummy tubes. I am asking for help from the experts. I have three questions.

    1- I have Starbright Hull cleaner with Oxalic acid. Will that clean the tubes and make them bright again?

    Yes but the brightness will likely last less than a season.

    2- Will it kill my Grass?

    Yes unless you spray lots of water on it afterwards.

    3- Will it harm the Aluminum?

    It is an etchent so it will remove a small amount of aluminum.

    Please answer all three questions if you can and thanks in advance.

    Good luck. I gave up many years ago on having shiny toons. I keep them clean and smooth but don't worry about them being shiny.


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    #5 September 1st, 2010, 07:05 AM
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    I just bought a pontoon this year that had sat in the river water for who knows how long, and had stuff growing on the bottom of the toons and engine.
    Each time I take it out, after it has soaked in the water for a couple hours, i use a scotch brite pad on it just to remove whatever the grown on stuff is... each week I do just a little more. I am not looking for shiny, just smooth and clean.
    I dont want to remove any aluminum.


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    #6 September 1st, 2010, 08:09 AM
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    I just bought a pontoon this year that had sat in the river water for who knows how long, and had stuff growing on the bottom of the toons and engine.
    Each time I take it out, after it has soaked in the water for a couple hours, i use a scotch brite pad on it just to remove whatever the grown on stuff is... each week I do just a little more. I am not looking for shiny, just smooth and clean.
    I dont want to remove any aluminum.

    Same here. I'm not looking for shiny just clean. Maybe shiny above water line??? I don't want to scare the fish away.
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    I just pulled my pontoon out of the water , (there going to drop the water level by 5 ft for a month ) I had the green stuff caked on all over the toons ,
    I used ! The works toilet bowl cleaner! 5 bottles on my 20 ft tubes
    $1.00 a bottle at dollar tree then power washed sections a little at a time
    the tubes came very very clean. do not do it on grass it will kill it .
    Found that out the year I bought the boat it had 3 years of build up on toons. the works did a great job of cleaning them up ( had to use about 12 bottles but it worked) I highly recommend it.

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    We just cleaned ours with Toon Brite. the trick was to spray on and then almost immediately rinse off with lots of water. We had to do it twice to clean the really bad spots but it was NOT labor intensive. It cleans but doesn't shine, you just Spray on, rinse off. Easy.

    But I am going to try out the "Eagle" aluminum wheel spray, I like the fact that you can spray on and rinse as I'm NOT a fan of extra work that requires much rubbing and polishing. Hopefully we can get the "mirror finish"
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