The Boating Forum - Starbrite Premium Polish Removal Problems
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04-05-2010, 10:24 AM
On Saturday, I decided to try a different brand of polish and applied Starbrite's Premium Polish w/Teflon. Removing this stuff was a pita. When I wiped the polish off, which I did by hand, I could see mark's where it looked like the polish was still on. In some cases if I rubbed it really hard it came off, in other spots I ended up applying a spray wax to get the spots off. Note: When I removed my polarized sunglasses, the spots I was seeing where not nearly as visible but you could still see them.
I applied the polished with a Porter-Cable orbital polisher just as I have done on my boat and cars for years. I previously used Yacht Brite Pro Polish on my boat and did not run into this problem.
Any ideas on what happened or what I may have done wrong.
04-05-2010, 11:13 AM
If you left it on too long that may have been the problem. I just did my entire boat in and outside after I used 3M cleaner wax and had no problems at all. There were a few hazy spots I had go go back and wipe, but nothing like you are describing.
With the StarBrite, I find the key is making sure it is 100% dry, you almost can't leave it on too long (obviously within reason). In the Summer in the NE, with our relatively high humidity, it often takes an hour or more for it to fully dry. Let's put it this way, in the mid-day, I apply it to the hull on my 32 starting at the transom and working all the way around, and sometimes, even after the whole hull has wax on it, the first section still isn't dry.
04-05-2010, 12:11 PM
Agree with LI32; not completely dry when you attempted to take it off. A few years ago I tried the starbrite polish with teflon and went back to the one without it; for me, the polish with teflon took too long to dry. FWIW, I have left in it on for extended periods (days) without a problem removing. Also, it will be almost completely white when dry; if still blue or bluish/gray, its not completely dry.