|Z-Cleaner sample (two sponges in a sudsy solution)|
|Mr Clean & Zcleaner at work on the boat|
|Mister Clean works pretty well with a bit of scrubbing on the vinyl coated life lines.|
|It doesn't remove rust stains.|
While the Mr Clean pad didn't remove the rust from the life lines, that's okay, because the stains are like little red signs hollering that it's time to inspect and likely replace the lifelines. (The ISAF Offshore Racing Congress has banned coated lifelines because the vinyl prohibits inspection for cracks, rust and corrosion. We aren't racers, but it seems pretty common sense to want to see & inspect the lifelines.)
|The Zcleaner worked really well on the lifelines. |
And made it easier to see all the pits in the vinyl too.
After trying both products, our old lifelines are pretty bright and clean, and I'd say the Zcleaner was a bit faster at removing the stains. Dane over at Cadence of the Sea left a comment on our post about re-painting the bronze dorade cowl interiors, pondering if old, plastic vents could be painted. I had a spare Zcleaner sponge in the sample packet, so just for grins, I swiped it over one of our stained, plastic dorade cowls. Huge WOW! No need to paint if you can make them clean and bright again! I had previously used Simple Green to clean them, with little to no results (even though that stuff works great for most things on Florian), but the Zcleaner immediately diluted the stains and suspended them in the cleaning solution. They wiped off effortlessly.
|A swipe of the Zcleaner pad, and all the dirt and oxidization just fell away.|
|After wiping the dorade vent with a towel, it's good as new!|
|Two, formerly yellow-brown, and now bright and white plastic dorade cowls.|
|The Zcleaner sample pad after cleaning the life lines. Ick.|
|Florian's whites, looking good.|
|Cold beer dispenser (Don) while I'm working. I love this boat!|
|In the last post, Don was using errant screws to open the tip of his cigars.|
Now, Florian has her very own V-snipper. (Thanks, MKH!)