Cruising & Sailing Information

Boat Detailing - Final Process in the Reconditioning - Applying the Protective Sealant on Gel Coat

It is often recommended that you do not use any natural or pure Carnauba automotive waxes as they will tend to yellow the gel coat over time and not properly seal the boat from environmental marine contaminants, however we do not always agree with this. It is not recommended that you use any paste waxes except we do strongly recommend using 3M Ultra Performance, which is a paste wax. Do not use any acrylics, nor any Teflon products (Teflon yellows over time) as most of these products are gimmicks and they can be difficult to remove or properly apply.

Some, but not all silicones can tend to burn gel coats, which can heat up and cause quicker oxidation because it magnifies the suns rays on the surface. By hand or orbital polish, apply Meguiar's #55 premium marine sealant and let set up for at least 15 minutes or use Blue Magnum 80% Carnauba. It is a toss up, which will last longer, but both claim longevity in actual tests. To see if the sealant is ready to be removed take your finger in a well-lit area across the sealed area and if it streaks, then it is not properly set up yet. If it does not streak you may proceed and remove the sealant as necessary.

When you are doing the above procedures in dock or in slip, and you are using electrical cords with your machine polisher be extremely careful when working around water. You'll need to keep the cord out of water if at all possible. Be extra cautious when working on a boat in its slip. Electrocution is no fun, ask anyone on death row.

Super 1000W by Production is a good choice for a spray on sealant. You spray it on, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes and gently wipe residual. It adds gloss, depth and protection. Use for quick maintenance or as an express marine detailing option. Production Company is based out of Stockton, CA.

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