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vanatta22
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:51 am
Im not starting this post to cause any issues with anyone lol I just recently got my cape horn and it was in beautiful shape and I want to keep it that way. The the gel coat is in great condition with awesome reflection and no oxidation that I can see. My question is should I just put a polish and wax on it or a polish and wax. I have also heard of a cleaner wax......? I just detailed my other boat back here in a ohio before winterized. I did the whole process because it had some oxidation on it. I did put some Woodys wax on the non skid and almost all of the inside a couple weeks ago. I would like to do this at least twice a year to prevent having to do any oxidation removing. It may not be a brand new boat to me but it is new to me and I baby my toys lol I have used and familiar with a rotary buffer/polisher. Just want to know if there is anything special you guys do down there with the salt water! Thanks Guys!
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:36 pm
JJís boat service out of Southport. Been using them for the past two years. They do all my detail work on the lift and do a damn good job! They are getting read to put ceramic coating on my Grady. Canít wait to see how it turns out  
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vanatta22
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:10 pm
I am going to do it myself. I just wanna know what you guys recommended for using on the boats down there. Just a polish and wax? or a cleaner wax?
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steve-a
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 5:53 pm
I think if you talk to 10 detailers, all 10 will tell you cleaner / wax is not the way to go. There is no shortcuts that work. A good quality wax is the way to go if your gelcoat is in good shape. I have been using Rejex, which I personally like, but there lots of good wax out there. Rejex is not a traditional wax but its works great for me.
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:27 pm
Woody wax on the non-skid works great but doesnít last very long. I re-apply about after every 2nd or 3rd third offshore trip. I use a good detailer for the hull. Collinite usually but last time he used a different polymer that has held up well.
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vanatta22
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:32 am
If I dont have any oxidation on the boat do I need the Heavy Compound???
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steve-a
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:37 pm
If you don't have oxidation on the gelcoat you don't need to compound at all.
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:28 pm
Don't use compound unless needed and even then use with caution and care. I used many different waxes and all of them seemed to work great. Main thing is keeping it clean after the use. I had my boat for 6 years and waxed it 3 times total. Everything looked great the day I sold it with the exception of a few "my fault" things.
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:33 pm
vanatta22 wrote:
If I dont have any oxidation on the boat do I need the Heavy Compound???


Short answer, Probably. Your gelcoat is oxidised (probably very minor though)

Most compounds you will see are meant for auto or paint detailing so even a "heavy" compound isnt all that abrasive on gelcoat. I will always suggest getting a nice shine on your gelcoat before waxing it helps the wax last longer before you need to buff again. Just my $.02 it's worth hiring someone, they have the tools, experience, and back to get a buffer into everywhere.
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Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:13 pm
I your gel coat is good, don't use a compound

Clean it and follow up with a good wax
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Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:20 am
Rejex works great and if any of you need any I am a distributor for it.


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jays2000
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:29 pm
I have been using collinite on the hull of my boat twice a year. Keeps it shiny and easy to clean with a wash mitt. I also found starbrite deck cleaner, used it this past weekend and wow what a difference! My wife even commented on how bright it was compared to the regular boat soap we were using
Like you it is my baby and a big investment so I am going to take care of it.

Wax link
https://www.autogeek.net/boat-wax--925.html?productid=boat-wax--925&channelid=BIZRA

Deck cleaner
https://www.amazon.com/Star-brite-Non-Skid-Cleaner-Gallon/dp/B0000C6HOI/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1512494701&sr=8-4&keywords=star+brite+ptef
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vanatta22
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:00 pm
I have heard good things on Rejex as well as collinite. Collinite is sold at the marina where my boat is.
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cheeks
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Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:36 pm
I put a thread in the boatyard section titled "thoughts on keeping gel coat looking perfect". This describes how, and what products I use on boats I take care of year round. Let me know if you have any questions.

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lwr37
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:49 am
My boat needed compounded and waxed bad. A couple years ago I gave it a try and completely sucked at it. I pretty much just ignored it and fished. Fast forward to a month ago. I hired Brian, aka Cheeks, to do a complete inside and out on my offshore boat and just the outside of my inshore boat. He did an awesome job! Both boats shine like new now. Since I have a good baseline Iím sure I can maintain it now. I highly recommend Brian if you need help.
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vanatta22
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Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:01 am
I did my buddies boat back here in Ohio that was a 2006 and he had never detailed it. It took me a while but when I was done it looked like a completely different boat. I got the the original color back that he hasn't seen shine in years. I actually enjoyed doing it. He said there was no way I could get it to look like it use to. I did a couple passes of just some serious compounding but once I got through the 11 years of oxidation it was starting to be a good sign.
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vanatta22
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:00 am
Ready to move to Florida and open a detailing business! Woke up this morning with ground covered in snow and in single digits!
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cheeks
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Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:48 pm
lwr37 wrote:
My boat needed compounded and waxed bad. A couple years ago I gave it a try and completely sucked at it. I pretty much just ignored it and fished. Fast forward to a month ago. I hired Brian, aka Cheeks, to do a complete inside and out on my offshore boat and just the outside of my inshore boat. He did an awesome job! Both boats shine like new now. Since I have a good baseline Iím sure I can maintain it now. I highly recommend Brian if you need help.


Thanks Larry!

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jays2000
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:42 pm
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Ready to move to Florida and open a detailing business! Woke up this morning with ground covered in snow and in single digits!


Where did you have snow?
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Mon Dec 11, 2017 3:10 pm
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vanatta22 wrote:
Ready to move to Florida and open a detailing business! Woke up this morning with ground covered in snow and in single digits!


Where did you have snow?


He lives in Ohio
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