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    Question Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    Im ashamed to say Ive never polished my gelcoat with wax or a polymer protector. I usually just treat the top sides with oxalic acid to remove stains and then rinse it all down.

    1. Am I really missing a trick here?

    2. If so should I be using carnauba wax or a new type polymer nowadays?
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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    Have a read of this http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread...est&highlight=

    And then send Marine Reflections a message if it doesn't answer everything. I don't think there's anyone more experienced than him.

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    A timely post, thank you.
    I've been wondering for a while about polishing, so ask the wise ones what I should do (and how/what with) about polishing applied* two-pack International paint?

    Any advice gratefully received.


    *two seasons ago
    Kay Sarah Sarah
    5751.42' N 529.44' W

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    I had a yacht with a dark blue hull which was very prone to getting that dull 'oxidised' look.
    One year I Tcut the whole hull, it looked great but was bad again by the end of the season.
    Next year I T Cut again but protected the surface with 4 coats of wax.
    It still looked good 2 seasons later.

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    It all depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to go sailing with the least possible effort, then by all means do nothing but occasionally clean the hull. Just don't be surprised if nobody wants to buy your boat when you come to sell it, or that no one ever makes complimentary remarks about her.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    Quote Originally Posted by pcatterall View Post
    I had a yacht with a dark blue hull which was very prone to getting that dull 'oxidised' look.
    One year I Tcut the whole hull, it looked great but was bad again by the end of the season.
    Next year I T Cut again but protected the surface with 4 coats of wax.
    It still looked good 2 seasons later.

    Looks like a busy "winter ashore" for me!
    Kay Sarah Sarah
    5751.42' N 529.44' W

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    It all depends on what you want to achieve. If you want to go sailing with the least possible effort, then by all means do nothing but occasionally clean the hull. Just don't be surprised if nobody wants to buy your boat when you come to sell it, or that no one ever makes complimentary remarks about her.
    Impossible!
    She's the most spectacular boat ever floated.
    Well, I think so
    Kay Sarah Sarah
    5751.42' N 529.44' W

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    We use Poliglow - its no substitute for a respray, but she looks cracking all season: http://www.albinballad.co.uk/technology/poliglow/
    Mark Ryan - Triola is for sale!
    http://www.albinballad.co.uk/for-sale/

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    I read recently that it may be best not to use a cutting compound too often on the basis that every time it is applied the thickness of gelcoat will decrease. Presumably a good wax will do no harm, but may not provide the head turning shine that the two used together would achieve!

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    Default Re: Waxing / Protecting gelcoat?

    Quote Originally Posted by coveman View Post
    I read recently that it may be best not to use a cutting compound too often on the basis that every time it is applied the thickness of gelcoat will decrease. Presumably a good wax will do no harm, but may not provide the head turning shine that the two used together would achieve!
    Wax alone should work, providing the gel is in good condition to start with. This is my 20-yr old boat. The white is only waxed but the blue needs buffing.

    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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