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Old 05-09-2010, 04:37 PM   #1
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Default boating season has started - waxing has begun

yesterday was one of the few weekends so far that has been gorgeous....weather was nearly 65 degs..sunny....and I got to the boat a bit after noon...which allowed me to get started on the great process of waxing...
now..for the 28ft maxum we had...it was a whole day to do the whole boat....well..it took me a whole afternoon just to do from the bottom paint to the belt line on the port side of a 35ft bayliner.........today after I wash the dogs and grab a shower...I'll start on the stbd side....man...even with buffers and all...it's a friggin all day job just to do the lower half of the boat...then hopefully next weekend I can tackle the above the belt line waxing job...
my back is killing me...but at least I don't feel so alone...my dock neighbors were out doing the same thing on his maxum....

hope everyone is having a great weekend...

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Look on the bright side. Nothing beats messing around on boats even if you are working on them. Having said that, waxing a boat especially a dark hulled but isn't a lot of fun. That's why I always avoid dark hulled boats. Besides, dark hulled boats show more scratches and dock arrivals than light skinned boats. I waxed my hull before I put it into the water and the topsides soon after. I still have a quarterpanel to do but I will have to turn the boat around in it's slip to reach that area. I hope to get to it this week. I wanted to do it before opening day but the weather didn't cooperate.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:16 AM   #3
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yep...dark hulled boats are nice but like you said...they show dock rashes...I got a few already...I did manage to rub a bunch out...but some are dep enough to show until I can get them repaired...with that said...I've finished waxing ..now all I have is topsides..I'll do that when I'm on the docks.....she's done and looks good if I do say so myself....weather has been a bit tough this past few weeks..


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I can soooooo relate, as waxing the boat is exactly what I spent the vast majority of my weekend doing.

It sucked - and boy do my shoulders hurt!

I don't think this boat has ever been waxed (it's an '04) so, as a result, the finish was a bit oxidized and required the application of rubbing compound 1st to bring the shine back to the gelcoat. Which took all of Saturday. With a DA polisher. On the trailer, in my driveway. Followed up on Sunday with wax, and scrubbing the deck and what little I could reach in the bilge, as well as the port and starboard (almost useless) storage compartments that flank the engine compartment (the battery used to live in far recesses of the port compartment).

The tub looks much better but I sure don't want to do THAT again any time soon.

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I'm with you Dan, I used to lug that buffer around for days only to get a reasonable gloss on my cruiser. I went this year with the Poliglow system, and I LOVE IT! the Gloss is measured with a gloss meter around three times more shiny than buffing and waxing. check out the results..... I think they speak for themselves. The best part is you NEVER have to buff and wax again. Simply apply a yearly maintenance coat. I get compliments all the time at the dock in people asking me what I did or use. The Stuff works as advertised plain and simple. I will never wax again. YES!!!! Here’s the ws, http://www.poliglow-int.com/

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Looks good Bella.

Now that I've gotten the oxidation off I am hoping that regular maintenance will be minimal. I still do need to find an effective way of cleaning the non-slip sections though, haven't quite figured out what to use in those areas. Thankfully those areas are limitied to the foredeck and the swim platform.

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Thanks Dan, Ya know the non skid is really where the Poliglow solves a BIG problem. Believe it or not as far as the non skid areas (I have raised diamond pattern) you simply Roll the sealant on with a mini short nap roller. If you look in the last picture you can see the reflection of the hailing port in the diamond pattern, thats glossy. These pics really don't do the shine justice but all in all it is a GODSEND to have solved one of pleasure boaters greatest angst's not to mention the time and money of buffing and waxing! I researched this stuff on other boating websites (its been around for 15 years) and the vast majority rave about Poliglow and now here I am doing it. SP would love it on his dark sides, It really shows the glosss even better then on dark colored gelcoat. As far as repairs for scuffs an the like; no problem, one swipe of sealant with their special applicator and viola! GONE and the touch up is NOT detectable.

The wax may seem acceptable now that the HARD work is done but consider that it will have to be done again and again and again........make it STOP!!!! The secret to Poliglow is that you are not removing material from your boat then sealing it, Poliglow adds material and depth to the finish increasing the thickness of the barrier to the elements (and did I mention that it has U/V inhibitors in it too? Damn good stuff this is.

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I am intrigued.

I have the same non-skid pattern as you do Bella. Still not sure I understand how this stuff would work on an oxidized surface. May have to look into it.

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Well, dealing with the oxidation on the diamond pattern is not a problem, but there is particular order to the process of applying the poliglow system. They have two different products that make it very easy to remove stains and oxidation. The real secret to the ultimate success is proper preperation and cleaning of the boat gelcoat surface before applying the sealant. I suggest that you go to the website and view the demonstation video. it you don't do it this year, I would then put it on the list for next years spring prep. Definitely worth looking into though.

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Bella...you should be in sales or get a commission for this stuff....I think I'll order some before the summer is over...thanks for the info..


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