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How to clean pontoons on a pontoon boat


After calling about everyone in my area about methods to clean my pontoons I finally found someone who knew what they were talking about.  In the past on my fathers boat I had used the old acid method which was time consuming and tedious. A boat dealer in Greenwood SC sold me a gallon of cleaner which he claimed I just had to spray on (mixed 1 part water to 1 part cleaner) and rinse off.  I was pretty skeptical at first, seldom does something work as well as claimed. However this stuff is amazing. I mixed it 1 to 1 (hot water & cleaner in a garden sprayer) and also tried it with 2 parts water and 1 part cleaner.  It really just has to be sprayed on and rinsed off after a few minutes.  I used about 3/4 of a gallon cleaning the pontoons (inside and outside).


I used a hydraulic jack and some 2x4's to jack the boat off of the trailer a few inches so I could clean to the bottom pf the pontoons.  I wish I had taken a before picture to post but believe me the pontoons were pretty bad, the boat had sat in Lake Murray (Lexington SC) for a summer. 


Below are pictures of the boat after cleaning and the cleaner.


I no longer own this pontoon boat but I am leaving this page up, it seems to get a lot of hits.


If you are looking for this type of cleaner, try a janitorial supply company in your area. Good Luck! - Bill McLean

last updated: 03/30/2011 19:27