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tabasco posted 05-18-2002 09:05 AM ET (US)   Profile for tabasco   Send Email to tabasco  
Looking to coat my new boat with a long lasting wax that will repel the salt water environment and keep a nice shine.

Need input....... WHAT WORKS THE BEST?

Mark Gallagher posted 05-18-2002 09:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
I've always been happy with Meguires products, I think they are easy to use and produce a decent lasting finish.

Check out their website. I use their cleaner wax. I used their premium wax when boat was brand new.

I think they have a new flagship marine wax that would shine that nice new 170.

Good luck with the new ride, it looks great!
Mark

Mark Gallagher posted 05-18-2002 09:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark Gallagher  Send Email to Mark Gallagher     
I spelled it wrong first time!
www.meguiars.com is where you want to go.
Very informative site on overall boat protection.

Mark

mbking1 posted 05-18-2002 01:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for mbking1  Send Email to mbking1     
I use 3M lIQUID PROTECTIVE WAX. Works great for me. Mark
fester posted 05-18-2002 04:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for fester  Send Email to fester     
I use Collinite's No. 885 Special Heavy Duty Fleetwax which is made for marine and aeronautical finishes. The marine store where I buy it showed me a copy of study in which many of the marine and auto waxes were tested. Collinite out performed all of the other waxes. I use it on my boat and truck and it is extremely durable and holds up well to salt water.
lhg posted 05-18-2002 05:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I'm with "fester". I swear by Collinite's Fiberglass Boat Wax. IT IS THE BEST YOU CAN BUY. Pricey, but great. Wait til you see the deep wax luster it gives. Apply with an orbital buffer, polish up by hand.

The Fleetwax he mentioned is also excellent, and slightly less expensive. Don't know the chemical difference between the two products.

oysterman posted 05-18-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for oysterman  Send Email to oysterman     
Trewax is the best. Lasts all summer in the salt water. The paste wax is easy to put on and take off.
tabasco posted 05-20-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for tabasco  Send Email to tabasco     
lhg-
Thanks....I saw Boat.U S carrys it in their catalogue. I will pick some up this weekend.

Ray

JoeO posted 05-20-2002 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeO  Send Email to JoeO     
I also think that Collinite HD Fleetwax (use the solid wax in the tin, I think it is better than the liquid) is the best boat wax (be sure to remove it while it is still wet, as per the instructions). But, be sure to prepare the surface with the liquid Collinite Fiberglass cleaner. The wax will go on and wipe off very easily.
ratherwhalering posted 05-20-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I applied SeaBright "teflon" wax last week, at the sugguestion of a friend who swears by it. The label said it outlasts (x4-5) all other marine waxes. It may be applied over existing wax and silicone finishes (according to the label) It has no abrasives, so I used a cleaner/wax to begin with. Application was easy, and it came off easier than any other wax I have ever used. The finish is great, my gelcoat shines better than new. We'll just have to see about the durability. It is more expensive than other waxes or finishes, though.
SeaHag posted 05-20-2002 10:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag     
Okay I just ordered the FleetWax and the Cleaner. I am going to 'test' it. To this point the best 'wax' I've come across was Zymol. They make a Marine wax now, but I have used primarily thier Auto 'Wax".

That stuff is awesome, truly user friendly to apply and take off. It is $78 a unit, but was worth every penny because it lasted.

I'm curious to the Collinite, so I'll let ya'll know.

BTW, I've been told that wax of pure Carnuba or a great percentage is not the best because it can melt when hot. True????

acseatsri posted 05-21-2002 12:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
Ditto the Collinite Fleetwax. And Zymol is the ultimate auto wax.
where2 posted 05-21-2002 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Definitely Zymol on the car (somebody wanna come wash and wax mine? I'll pull the Zymol Carbon out of the refrigerator). I tried the cut-rate Zymol liquid you can get anywhere on the Whaler about a month ago. It was still beading above the waterline, but not below (boat lives on a dry dock). So, I guess I'll have to try something else in about a month when it's time to wax again! I'll also have to visit Zymol's website and see about this boat wax they're coming up with. Zymol Carbon makes my 12 year old VW look like it just rolled out of the showroom, after it gets the rubdown with HD-Cleanse and a coat of Carbon.
Steve Leone posted 05-21-2002 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Steve Leone  Send Email to Steve Leone     
i1ve just used carnuba. lasts about a season. usually have to put on 3 coats. i think i`ll try the pricy stuff next time. arms are getting tired. steve out.
PaulVT posted 05-21-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for PaulVT  Send Email to PaulVT     
It's interesting the thread has gone this long with no mention of Whaler's recommendations at
www.whaler.com/rec/fiberglassrefinish.shtm . I tried the Meguiars #26 since I've liked their car waxes. The liquid version of 26 went on easily and came off easily too. The previous owner took good care of the boat, so there wasn't any cleaning required.

We'll see how it holds up.

Paul in Vermont ... Lake Champlain temp all the way up to 41F.

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