Bird Mess on Gelcoat

This may seem silly, but while moored overnight, a bird dive-bombed my boat, leaving a mess on the rear deck. Naturally, I washed off as much as I could right away. When I got the boat home, I tried a mild polish, which helped, but there are still stains. Any advice?

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Try Oxalic Acid also called Wood Bleach.

Try Oxalic Acid also called Wood Bleach. Some Florida boaters use it to remove tannin stains on hulls. Also toilet bowl cleaner may work.

Davis has a product called FSR.

Davis has a product called FSR. It stands for Fiberglass Stain Remover, and it is a blue goop, that you apply, wait and hose off. It is made for rust stains and the like. It is the only thing that I have seen remove the light brown tannin stain that you get sometimes at places like Barnegat Bay. You can buy it as West Marine. I would bet that it will work. Be careful to hose it off real well. If it runs down, it will remove stains that you didn't know you had and make lighter "drip" marks where it runs downhill. Phil Scheetz FS 4086

Phil Scheetz

FS 4086

Fleet 163, Nockamixon Sail Club

And when hosing off be sure to first wet the hull below the area

And when hosing off be sure to first wet the hull below the area you are rinsing. It is is wet, the stain remover is less likely to leave streaks as it runs off