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Old 04-13-2019, 02:58 PM   #1
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Anybody have any suggestions on what to use to prevent water spots (minerals) from outboards? I spend may days (in a row) at Paulina Lake and ever time my black outboards get littered from water spots (which I'm guessing is from minerals in the lake). The last 2 years I have made sure to have them waxed before I go but it doesn't prevent the spots. I was using automotive wax so not sure if marine wax would make a difference.

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Old 04-13-2019, 05:38 PM   #2
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Anybody have any suggestions on what to use to prevent water spots (minerals) from outboards? I spend may days (in a row) at Paulina Lake and ever time my black outboards get littered from water spots (which I'm guessing is from minerals in the lake). The last 2 years I have made sure to have them waxed before I go but it doesn't prevent the spots. I was using automotive wax so not sure if marine wax would make a difference.
Permanent Ceramic Coatings are popular for this. They are expensive and are mostly professionally applied. I've had it on my engines for a years or so now and it certainly is better than nothing (salt on black engines is quite noticeable).

MV Detail in Salem is where I had the stuff applied.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:52 AM   #3
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You can use an acid cleaner. I used easy on/off hull cleaner. lightly then rinse well.
Paulina is a bad one...I had my alum boat in there for 2 weeks camping and the hull at waterline below turned a dark orange color. was able to get most of it off with that hull cleaner.
I guess a good wax would be the first level of protection though.
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Old 04-15-2019, 12:26 PM   #4
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I used Meguiars products and love them. A 50/50 mix of vinegar and water also works. Years of experience with a black truck, black shell and a black Mercury that’s 50 years old.
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