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Old 04-08-2016, 02:49 PM   #21
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I'm with you, Al. Once upon a time when I first bought her, I actually thought I would polish my boat...ha!

Life's too short, besides, I'm kinda fond of the patina now.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:02 PM   #22
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Here are the pics I promised. This is about six months.
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Old 04-08-2016, 06:57 PM   #23
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Old 04-08-2016, 07:16 PM   #24
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acrylic is acrylic. try the heat gun, shouldnt take but a minute to see if it works.

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Old 04-08-2016, 10:21 PM   #25
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Having steel as a backing material to heat off polymers is one thing, I am NOT going to try that with gelcoat and fiberglass!
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Old 04-08-2016, 10:59 PM   #26
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I removed something similar from a car engine bay using mineral turpentine(different name in USA?), and a lot of rubbing.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:53 PM   #27
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Here are the pics I promised. This is about six months.

Ammonia and 3M white pad will remove that coating .

What I see is the shiny bits is where the fiberglass was clean and the product adhered to the surface other is where the coating went over wax and has fallen off .

Same as any application of any product 70% is preparation
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Ammonia and 3M white pad will remove that coating.
Gaston has one of the shiniest glowing boats I`ve seen in a long while, so worth considering. Is the ammonia exposure ok?
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Gaston has one of the shiniest glowing boats I`ve seen in a long while, so worth considering. Is the ammonia exposure ok?

Thanks Bruce you need to use the ammonia in a well ventilated area.

Personally I,d never use that rubbish on anything except the kitchen floor



The only product I will ever use on fiberglass is one from the Collinite Auto, Marine and Industrial Wax Products Official Site » Collinite range of products the fiberglass wax is fantastic
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Buff n' shine and Buff n' shine - or - Roll n' tip and Roll n' tip - or - Enjoy the patina!

But... Don't make more hard future-work for yourself by simply using a basically up graded Mop n' Glow "coating".

Some boaters use their boats for boating.... some use them for show n' tell. Some use em for both. Then again some barely use them!

We all make our own call!!!

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Old 04-09-2016, 11:47 AM   #31
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Having steel as a backing material to heat off polymers is one thing, I am NOT going to try that with gelcoat and fiberglass!
You may have missed the part about the car being a FIBERGLASS corvette.
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Old 04-09-2016, 01:48 PM   #32
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Dang I hope it wasn't a mistake to use this stuff. I only did the strip and leave it at that.
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You may have missed the part about the car being a FIBERGLASS corvette.

Aaaaaaannnnddd... You would be correct. ;-) Still ain't gonna try it though... Well, maybe in a very hidden spot... On someone else's boat. :-D
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We used Red Max on our motorhome, lasts about 3 years. I feel it is so much easier than waxing yearly. Gives a good shine and it comes off easy with the floor stripper. Have to be careful on painted surfaces b/c you can pull paint off with it. I am considering doing the boat with it myself as we live under a boat shed. Just make sure the surface is clean prior to application. Makes it look like wet paint. Those pics of the Psoriasis is what it starts to look like at the 3 year point. Floor stripper soak and a pressure washer would remove that pretty quick.
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I used it for several years on my previous 1981 Catalina sailboat per the manufacturers instructions. Like the original poster I was very happy with the initial results. After about 3 seasons, it did start to build-up and yellow in areas. I used a floor stripper to remove it all and went back to wax. I thought about staying with the product but in the end concluded the work was equivalent to traditional cleaners and wax methods if you consider removal is necessary periodically. Cheers
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Aaaaaaannnnddd... You would be correct. ;-) Still ain't gonna try it though... Well, maybe in a very hidden spot... On someone else's boat. :-D

Hey... Why you lookin at my boat like that????
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I have a hard time believing someone would use floor polish (made for indoor tile or vinyl flooring) on the exterior gelcoat of a boat.


For me, the easiest way to get a good shine and protective coating on my boat's hull is to pay someone to do it.
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Old 04-11-2016, 06:05 PM   #38
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I have a hard time believing someone would use floor polish (made for indoor tile or vinyl flooring) on the exterior gelcoat of a boat.
Not hard at all $1500+ (for big boat) to pay someone, verses $40 - $50 to do it yourself with a product that claims that "you can do it"...

Zep actually does a good job and comes close to a clear coat shine. Assuming of course you dont pull the product accidentally as you are putting it on because you let the applicator run thin and start to dry... But it like all acrylics seem to let go of their adhesion after a while and start to flake off. So repeated stripping and reapplication is the mantra. Not a lot worse than a poorly shot clear coat.

Nufinish can also bring out really good results and has a better shine than zep as long as you let it sit on the gelcoat/paint overnight before buffing it off. It finally wears down from washings and strong detergents. But it can last for several years.

color back could actually pull the deep color of gelcoat back without massive buffing but it's hard to find anymore. Guess they made their money.

And of course a good sanding and shoot of clearcoat last and look the best. At least until you scrape the dock.

And if you're a purist... The real deal.
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"The only product I will ever use on fiberglass is one from the Collinite Auto, Marine and Industrial Wax Products Official Site » Collinite range of products the fiberglass wax is fantastic."

This is some good stuff if you haven't tried it.
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"The only product I will ever use on fiberglass is one from the Collinite Auto, Marine and Industrial Wax Products Official Site » Collinite range of products the fiberglass wax is fantastic."

This is some good stuff if you haven't tried it.

It is good but seemed hard to get the wax off when I used it. Maybe I was doing it wrong.
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