Boat Enclosure Maintenance Tips
After installing the new enclosures, careful upkeep may help them survive for years. The primary goal in a saltwater environment is to displace saltwater without harsh chemicals. Because many cleaners include ammonia or alcohol, which can break down acrylic and cause it to haze and crack, soapy water is the most robust solution to use. You can’t buff or sand it out after that occurs. Keep a separate set of cleaning tools on the boat that you don’t use anywhere else if you don’t want to pick up any dirt or debris that can damage the cleaning equipment glass.
Initial and occasional use of EZ2CY® Enclosure Cleaner/Polish removes static that attracts dust and makes future washing easier. This product is easy to use and has anti-fog properties as well as helping to shed water. Use of Kleenex® Viva White paper towels is suggested for this procedure since they are soft, absorbent towels and leave little to no residue behind.
Rinse the salt off your enclosure with fresh water after each day of use and periodically when exposed to salt air. More extensive cleaning may be accomplished with the use of common boat soaps in conjunction with a soft mitt reserved for this duty. Follow with a freshwater rinse. A squeegee or water blade, having no sharp edges, may also be used if so desired.
Unzipping and washing of zippers with soap and water followed by a thorough rinsing of freshwaterare recommended. If zipper tape is especially dirty, use a light solution of Woolite®-type fabric cleaner followed by thorough rinsing with fresh water. DO NOT USE ANY FORM OF LUBRICANT!
If desired, wax EZ2CY® with a good quality auto paste wax (avoid waxes with color). Follow by wiping with a damp cloth to remove static.
Most scratches can be removed by hand polishing with EZ2CY® Scratch Remover. Use of electric buffer may facilitate: Keep moving over the area, use light pressure, keep the area moist using a spray bottle with clean water. Rinse and follow with EZ2CY® Enclosure Cleaner/Polish.
DO NOT USE:
Window cleaning sprays, RAINEX®, Kitchen Scouring Compounds, solvents such as Acetone, Lacquer Thinner or cleaners that contain alcohol, any form of lubricant. CAUTION needs to be exercised when using a metal cleaner on pipework that is adjacent to the enclosure!