Mailport: November 2012
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?
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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