Ed. note: As electronics continue to proliferate on smaller boats, more people are in a position to clean touchscreens. Handling the job incorrectly can have consequences. We found this advice from Shurhold to be informative.
Whether it’s a portable fishfinder, a color TFT stereo display or a large multifunction display, touchscreens with rubberized buttons are commonplace on boats. Over time, salt spray, grime and fingerprints reduce the devices’ appearance, and may lead to premature deterioration. Shurhold, the leader in marine cleaning tools and products, offers a process for detailing these valuable electronics.
The first step is to power-down the device(s). This will avoid unintentionally changing a setting. It’s also a good time to check the manufacturer’s manual to see if it recommends any specific cleaning or maintenance routines.
If the device is all-weather rated, a light misting of water will remove dirt and salt residue; never use a hose with full pressure. Use a synthetic PVA chamois to wipe the surface clean and remove the contaminants. For large dashes, work from the top down and in sections. The key is to dry the device quickly before water spots form.
Next, lightly spray the area with a high-quality, one-step detailing product (e.g., Shurhold’s Serious Shine). The right quick-spray product will clean, polish and protect almost any surface, without leaving an oily, artificial residue. Shurhold’s contains UV inhibitors and anti-fingerprint/anti-static properties. It can be used on touchscreens, glass, frames, buttons, chrome, gauges, fiberglass and even Isinglass.
Lightly buff the surface with Serious Shine or your preferred detailing product and a clean microfiber towel. Then, flip the towel to its dry side and polish everything to a high sheen. Screens will be clean and the surrounding accents gleaming like new.
For areas of built-up grime, Shurhold’s Serious Marine Cleaner (SMC) is ideal. (Check out Star Brite, 303 Products and West Marine for others.) It’s a safe, yet strong, multisurface cleaner that will tackle vinyl seating, canvas, exhaust stains and even the bilge.