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Indirect Paint Damage due to Application of Teak & Deck Cleaners, Rust Removers

Chemicals react with each other and organic material in different way. These reactions make it possible to create medicines, paint, cleaners, lubricant and everything else. However, unwanted and uncontrolled reactions are cause of many property damages and health issues.

Much of the paint problem is a result of care and maintenance on other surfaces than paint. Corrosive teak cleaners are one of the greatest reasons to paint and surface damage causing millions of dollars in financial loss for yacht owners.

Many commercially available chemicals for cleaning and restoration of deck or teak deck are highly corrosive, hazardous, unsafe for people, toxic for marine life and damaging for the very surface they intend to clean and the surrounding surfaces.

Many teak cleaners, i.e. "Snappy Teak" and "Teak Plus and minus" are sold as a 2-part application. One extremely alkaline (basic) with Ph14 and the other very an acid with Ph < 1.

For information about how these cleaners damage the very surface they are made to clean Visit Teak Care

Both of the chemicals used during the process are corrosive. The acid is corrosive to metal and painted surfaces and the base id corrosive to organic material, wood and some organic polymers. Unfortunately, it is practically impossible to control the corrosion of surrounding surfaces, e.g. the paint, lower railings and metal elements on deck. The rinse water from 2-part teak cleaners runs along the gunnels and over the sides of the superstructure and hulls.  The rinse water is corrosive and scars the surface. Even if in theory and under controlled circumstances an acid neutralizes the base, the reality of using the two on a teak deck on board a yacht is far different. No one is using a Ph-meter to ensure that entire surface is neutralized and the rinse water is neutral.

Eventually lines form down the paint that appear to be hard water stains.  However, when the crew attempts to clean the marks, they will not come off.  They are essentially chemical discoloration, corrosion and accelerated paint deterioration. 

Paint, as well as other surfaces, should be managed PROACTIVELY, using a comprehensive system-based maintenance program.  Cleaning frequency, cleaning methodology are important. But it is even more important to use products that their internal reactivity and molecular properties are acting in a cohesive and protective manner on the surface. These are just a few of the factors involved successfully protecting a yacht's appearance.  By creating the right plan, deck crews will find that ongoing maintenance becomes very proactive, consuming fewer labor hours, fewer chemicals, better and cleaner result combined with significantly lower budgetary demand. 

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