Mailport November 2012 Issue

Mailport: November 2012

Spilled Cetol

Recently, I dripped some Interlux Sikkens Cetol wood finish on the tan, nonskid area of my deck. Iíve tried to clean it up using some suggestions offered by people on the dock, but nothing seems to work. Do you have any suggestions on how I can remove the Cetol from the nonskid?

Ralph Kravitz
DY-A-NU, Tartan 3100
Cos Cob, Conn.

Sanding is probably your best bet for removing the Cetol, but the answer depends somewhat on what type of nonskid youíre talking about. If itís molded gelcoat and in good condition, you can try to clean it with a Scotch-Brite pad and a cleaner like Interlux 202, or you may have to sand it off. If itís an older molded gelcoat thatís porous, Interlux recommends pouring a solvent like acetone, Xylene, or MEK on the stain, then covering it with plastic to keep the solvent from evaporating; wait 30 minutes or so, then clean the surface with a Scotch-Brite pad. If it is a nonskid paint, then sand off the Cetol and retouch with the paint. Some paint removers may also help, but Interlux Interstrip 299E should not be used on deck, according to the maker.


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Comments (3)

I am promted to write by a recent reader comment justifiably critical of 12-volt receptacles. I have replaced mine with Powerlet-style connectors as found on BMW motorcycles: the quality of much better, they are weatherproof, and a wide variety of styles and functions are available. Try Whitehorse Gear for a listing.
-Steve in Virginia

Posted by: Steven W | December 29, 2012 9:48 PM    Report this comment

I am wondering if the article in Nov. issue on fuel additives are for gasoline and diesel or are there different products for each type of fuel.

Posted by: Wayne %26 Kimberly E | November 12, 2012 10:40 AM    Report this comment

I must also add to my post on the Forspar Mini Galley that a friend has the same unit on his boat. He removes the propane canister every tome he stows the stove. He eventually tore the O ring inside the propane canister and threw the entire blazing stove overboard. I lubricate my O ring with spit before attaching it to the stove. The canister then stays attached until empty, reducing the possibility of causing a leak.

Posted by: GORDON T | November 5, 2012 10:04 AM    Report this comment

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