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Trisha...
Trisha...

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:22pm

Post Subject: Soap

In your May issue you state not to use washing up liquid to wash paint work. Why? I use ecocover products should I use their liquid soap rather than washing up liquid? Or what other 'soap' do you sugest baring in mind the cost and availabliility.

Tony-B...
Tony-B...

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 5:33pm

Post Subject: Soap

Dear Trisha, I am away on holiday so do not have access to the May issue so I do not know whether Phil or myself wrote that. My understanding is that washing up liquid may well contain salt to make it more viscose plus a number of petro-chemical based additives to make differentiate it from competitors and to make it more appealing to the target consumer. Some of the petro-chemical additives may be directly damaging to the paint and salt may damage paint and will certainly encourage corrosion on any exposed metalwork. There is no reason not to use a washing up liquid that you can confirm contains none additives that will damage paint but I suspect you will have a hard job obtaining such confirmation. The best thing is to play safe and either use specialist boat shampoo or, as long as you assure yourself it contains no silicons, a car shampoo. Any shampoo or polish that contains silicons is likely to make touching up paintwork difficult. Tony Brooks

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