Last Mango Boatworks is proud to announce the launch of a partnership with DEKit. Daniel Brauser of DEKit states "DEKit deeply values its partnership with Last Mango Boatworks and because of our mutual desire to make a positive impact. This partnership allows us to align with Last Mango Boatworks and their established partnerships with meaningful charities. We at DEKit greatly appreciate the infrastructure and relationships they have already started building around what they call "a simple way to make a difference."
CLEANING YOUR DEKit
Always use caution when handling any type of solution and always wear vinyl or nitrile gloves and eye protection.
-To clean dirt, footprints, or other light wear, from your DEKit, use a mixture of any all-purpose cleaner and warm water along with a medium bristled deck brush. Dunk the brush in the mixed solution, lightly scrub DEKit, rinse with water, and repeat if necessary. This solution is also safe to use on carpet and upholstery.
-Catch that monster fish on your DEKit! To remove those fish blood stains, use a 1:1 cleaning solution mixture of bleach and warm water. Using a soft bristled brush, scrub in a circular motion using the mixed solution until the blood comes up, rinse with water, and repeat if necessary.
-Rust stains concerning you. Use a cap full of Grunt Cleaner or MaryKate On & Off Hull & Bottom Cleaner. Rub the solution in very well using your hand or a brush and allow it to soak for at least 5 minutes. Rinse with water and repeat if necessary. Be cautious to avoid getting these solvents on the sides of the decking as it could damage the lamination.
-Oops, sunscreen spilled. To remove sunscreen, use any all-purpose cleaner directly on the spill, scrub with a medium bristled brush directly on the spill, and rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary.
DO NOT USE: Mineral spirits, bleach or acetone.
The sun can reflect off gel-coat surfaces and damage DEKit. For certain applications and under certain conditions, decking applied in the cockpit and other areas with vertical surfaces and/or reflecting off hardware/stainless, gloss, etc., can expose DEKit to temperatures above the operational temperature of 80°C (176°F). Lighter colors and darker gelcoats reduce the light amplification problem. DEKit is durable, but for longevity after installation, it is recommended that the boat (or any other surface of application) be covered. Examples include keeping the boat in a garage, covered with a canvas boat cover, in a covered boat slip/shed, etc. Reducing longer term exposure to the elements, when not in use, will help extend the life of your decking and reduce color fade.
SITUATIONS TO AVOID:
Keeping inflatable pool toys or water bottles stored long-term on decking or placing decking near reflective surfaces or beneath glass can refract/reflect light which can be destructive to deckling. Certain angles such as concave areas of the gelcoat cause light reflection to damage DEKit when it causes the heat to exceed a temperature of 80°C (176°F).
See The Good Side