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17 Jul


HOW TO PROPERLY CLEAN MARINE ELECTRONICS

A boat’s dash can be filled with electronic instrumentation, including touch screens that can easily be marked up with fingerprints.  Many boats with a more open design get a lot of salt spray on their dash as well.  Shurhold shows owners how to properly clean these products with a step-by-step guide and video at www.shurhold.com/tips

To begin, owners should have a hose nozzle that can do a soft mist, PVA chamois towel, microfiber towels and Shurhold’s Serious Shine.  Then, turn off all the gear.  While most electronics are all-weather rated, it doesn’t hurt to check the specific user’s manual for cleaning recommendations and warnings.

Hard pressure or forced water should not be used on electronics, no matter how weatherized the gear.  When doing a full wash down of the boat, owners should be sure to only use a light mist when rinsing electronics.  These areas should be quickly dried with a PVA towel to remove all standing water.  This will help prevent water spots and remove any other foreign particles.  Shurhold’s PVA Towel absorbs 50% more water than natural chamois, making for faster and more effective drying.

Once the dash is dry or if owners are starting with a fairly clean and dry dash already, the area should be sprayed and wiped with Shurhold’s Serious Shine.  The perfect one step detailer, Serious Shine cleans, polishes, and protects virtually any solid surface in one easy step, leaving no greasy, artificial residue.  It also contains UV inhibitors.

Only a fine mist is needed and the product should be worked using a clean microfiber towel with light pressure.  This is going to clean and remove all the finger prints from the touch screens and provide an antistatic protection that will help reduce finger printing in the future.  This product is safe to spray on the screen, frame, buttons and the surrounding fiberglass and steering wheel, too.

Owners should always use a clean towel.  Using a dirty towel might scratch the screens with grime that may have already been in the towel.  Also, microfiber towels can be washed in laundry machines, as long as fabric softeners aren’t used.  This will clog the fibers in the towel and make it less effective.

Shurhold’s Microfiber Towels lift and trap dirt, moisture and grease, unlike regular cotton towels, which just push contaminants across the surface.  These towels are extremely soft, gentle, and super absorbent so they won’t scratch.

A boat’s dash and instrumentation is one of the most important parts of a vessel.  Clean electronics are easier to see, last longer and run better.

Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com  Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

            Contact Shurhold, 3119 SW 42nd Ave., Palm City, FL 34990.  800-962-6241; Fax: 772-286-9620.  www.shurhold.com

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Maintenance

 

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