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Old 04-30-2012, 07:38 AM   #1
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It's that time to put a coat of wax/polish on my new hull. I have come across this product and it's a little on the pricey side. Is it worth it, or do you have a better recommendation? I'm not against spending good money as long as it works.

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If you use the Search function here on THT, you'll find several day's worth of reading on the topic. This question gets asked very frequently.

The short answer: Many people choose Star brite's Premium Polish with PTEF. Many other people prefer other products. You need to make the final decision, since it's your boat and you will be doing the work.
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If you use the Search function here on THT, you'll find several day's worth of reading on the topic. This question gets asked very frequently.

The short answer: Many people choose Star brite's Premium Polish with PTEF. Many other people prefer other products. You need to make the final decision, since it's your boat and you will be doing the work.
Bill,

Do you have a smaller size or sample that I could purchase prior to buying either the 16oz or 32oz bottle?

Thank you,

Steve
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No knock against Bill's products but I had great success with this

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i have used starbrite before with good results.
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17 year old Gel-Coat brought back..write up & pics
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I like the Starbrite Marine Polish a lot. We use that on our boats that we are putting in a show or giving test rides with, before delivering them to the customer. Easy to apply and leaves a nice gloss, even with just hand application on and off.

As a side note, the Starbrite Deck Cleaner with PTEF is also great if you follow the directions. When at boat shows with lots of people crawling all over the boats, makes it much easier to clean the decks each afternoon.


P.S. Bill, let me know if you need our address to send us some products after such a ringing endorsement.
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No knock against Bill's products but I had great success with this

I used that this weekend as well but I was going to go back over things with the Starbrite Polish above.

The small place I tested it, definitely a difference.



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I have used that starbrite product before and it is nice. That said, I just yesterday finished my 31 tiara using collinite 885 paste wax and think it is fantastic. I thought my hull eas pretty shiney before but after it was far better! Now, if you have a dirty hull with black rain streaks use the cleaner wax. Starbright. Makes one as well that i have used with good luck. The collinite has no cleaning stuff so you will wax over them and not remove them.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:21 AM   #11
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I use starbrite I have tried them all.
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I use Leverage polish. I find it lasts longer and goes on extremely easy. Second choice is Rejex, then Starbright.
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Every wax/polish listed so far here - and more to come - are great products...and will all give you a lousy finish if not used correctly with the right tools. It's not about the wax, it's how you use it and how good the surface is that you are putting it on.

It's all about the pads, machines and technique...easy to learn if you'll just read, and stop chasing the holy grail of waxes/compounds/sealants out there....pick one and learn how to use it....
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I use 3M Scotchguard (contains UV protection) on my black hull. The 3M Scotchguard is not a cleaner; it chemically bonds to the gel and contains UV filters.

Most waxes can protect and shine. That technology is easily mastered. The best are going to bond and filter UV.

I would use either that , Starbrite or Colinite. I don't want any cleaners in my wax. And yes, technically it is not a wax (I know).

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Lots of polishes, lots of opinions; some are better than others and some are best for specific applications as opposed to a "one size fits all" scenario. Find one (a polish, not somebody else's opinion) that makes you happy and you'll be good to go. Preparation is absolutely a key factor, but so is using a quality product.
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on a new hull I would go witht he Starbright you have pictured. On my old tug I use the 3M restorer and the starbright in two steps. Looks great after the summer.
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Lots of polishes, lots of opinions; some are better than others and some are best for specific applications as opposed to a "one size fits all" scenario. Find one (a polish, not somebody else's opinion) that makes you happy and you'll be good to go. Preparation is absolutely a key factor, but so is using a quality product.
I have a problem with this thinking. If you use a polish and find out later it wasn't for you, what happens when oxidation is the big thing you discovered about using it?

It pays to know going in who has UV protectants. just as an example. Some pure waxes don't -- do they?
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PJ,

With any type of boat maintenance you learn by doing, and not all solutions apply to all boats. There are way too many variables out there to say one polish - or any other product - is the best of all for all purposes and users. For sure, not all polishes or waxes can be used on all surfaces.

You need a cleaner wax if there is light oxidation of the f/g, and a compound if it's heavily oxidized. You do not use a polish on an oxidized/hazed surface unless you want to make a mess. Not all waxes are polishes, or vice versa.

Not all waxes or polishes have UV inhibitors. If they do, it should say so on the label. If it doesn't don't assume it does.

Not all waxes are polishes and not all polishes are wax. There's no doubt the wax term is used gerically - our Cleaner Wax is not a wax, it's a polymer polish designed to remove light oxidation. We also make a carnauba wax, but it is an entirley different product for designed for a different purpose.
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I have never been disappointed in Starbrite, 3M or Maguires wax/polish.
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I like Presta finishing products (super cut compound, ultra cutting creme, chroma polish) and collonite paste. As others have said, to each his own. Find something that works for you and learn to use it to full advantage.
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