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    Default Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

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    May have a diesel leak. Until such time as it can be located and fixed, what is good for soaking bilgy slime up?

    These look good - says thtey only absorb oil, leaving behind the water. Do they work?

    https://www.spillbuyer.com/premier-o...cm-x-48cm.html

    - W

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    Aldi disposable nappies??

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

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    These absorbent pads are designed to only soak up oils/hydrocarbons. You can float them on water in the bilge. Have sent off for a pack, ten for a tenner free postage and a capacity of a litre of hydrocarbons per pad.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-Oil-...k/151346369192

    Will report back on their effectiveness (or otherwise) at some point in the future.


    - W

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    Generally polyurethane foam will absorb oil and displacing water in it. So a car wash sponge should work quite well. The oil can be removed from the foam afterwards using a detergent.

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    I have in the past used an absorbent sponge made for the purpose. It was more like a large sausage than the mats shown, but seemed to work well.
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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    Quote Originally Posted by webcraft View Post
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    These absorbent pads are designed to only soak up oils/hydrocarbons. You can float them on water in the bilge. Have sent off for a pack, ten for a tenner free postage and a capacity of a litre of hydrocarbons per pad.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-Oil-...k/151346369192

    Will report back on their effectiveness (or otherwise) at some point in the future.


    - W
    I've used ones similar to that and found them to be excellent.

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    Quote Originally Posted by webcraft View Post
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    These absorbent pads are designed to only soak up oils/hydrocarbons. You can float them on water in the bilge. Have sent off for a pack, ten for a tenner free postage and a capacity of a litre of hydrocarbons per pad.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-x-Oil-...k/151346369192

    Will report back on their effectiveness (or otherwise) at some point in the future.


    - W
    They are excellent, I always have a pack aboard. Good for separating oil out of bilge water too.

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    +1 for disposable nappies.

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    I have been using these and hey are very effective:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Chemical-Hu.../dp/B00N99ATKA

    Probably cheaper sources on eBay but I wanted them delivered in a hurry.

    I bought 50 but find I am only using two or three a year so there'll be plenty left for my legatees.
    "Brexit: like watching a library being burned down by people who can't read"

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    Default Re: Absorbent mats for dieselly bilge

    Quote Originally Posted by burgundyben View Post
    I've used ones similar to that and found them to be excellent.
    +1

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