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Old 04-06-2005, 08:43 PM
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Default Poli-Glow or Vertglas results

I am sure this has been discussed many times already but I can't find much with the Search. I am considering using Poli-Glow on the topsides of my Luhrs this spring. It has some slight oxidation that usually buffs out well, only to dull out over three to four months and warrants repeating same. What have your experiences and ease of use been with these products. Thanks.
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My results with Vertglas have been excellent. The sides of the hull still shine after 2 years with only soap and water.
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I used vertglas last spring... it looks real good one year later, but that's not saying much. I've heard quite a few saying they tried it once, never again because it's too hard to remove....when the time comes. Just as many seem love it. The southern folks seem to have more trouble with it fading/yellowing because of the heat and sun, than the northern folks. I'm going to wash and reapply next week and hope for the best. Not exactly a resounding endorsement 'cause I just don't know yet. I'll say one thing.. if it does last.. it's a heck of alot easier to prep and apply... than the buffing/waxing routine... though I may pay for the labor savings down the road.
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Have used the poli glo. Requires substantial prep for a good finish, but with adequate wet sanding, and about 6 coats of the stuff, it looks unbelievable. Unfortunately, recoating every few months is necessary to maintain a high level of shine. If not, it starts to wear thin and flake off.

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Old 04-07-2005, 07:26 AM
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Is wet sanding necessary for very slight oxidation. I was hoping that their prep cleaner, scotch brite type pad and a vigorous scrubbing would do the prep trick?
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another way to go might be to sand the crap out of it, acetone the area to get it clean and apply Interlux "Perfection" which is their new two part urethane paint that is made for DIY applications with a roller...go to their website for more details - getting good reviews so far...
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Old 04-07-2005, 08:14 AM
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I used Poli-Glow about 8 months ago. Application was easy, no hard rubbing. I never heard anyone that wet sanded before the poliglow application. Please with the way it came out.

here is what I did:
1)Gave the boat a good soap washing
2) washed it again with Sno-Bowl cleaner to get rid of the stains.
3) Cleaned it with the poli-prep, rinsed and dried.
4) Applied about 6 coats of the poli-glow. Easy to apply, just wipe on, let dry a few minutes and wipe again. Each application the surface improves.

Still shines after a good washing, but will probably do a re-apply in the next month or so.
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I did the black hull and the white gunnels with Poli-glow. The black was heavily oxidized. The black still looks good, the white is a little yellowed. I don't think I'd do the white again.

Here's what I did-

Wet sanded 600 then 1000 to get ride of oxidation.

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Still looks good after a year, but it's time for 2 more coats.

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Old 04-07-2005, 09:35 AM
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Don't use the poliglow I have seen multiple boats messed up by using this product. Most of them had to wet sand to get this off and some had to sand and get repainted. I have been cleaning boats for a long time and a rule of thumb I use is if it's that easy its not very good and doesn't last. I have never used vertglas before so no comment on that product. Just my 2 cents.

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acetone removes it easily. I have no clue why they would sand a boat down.
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I used to be a Collenite fan but I now just apply 2 coats of Nu-Finish each season. After cleaning the hull well beforehand (using any cheap combo cleaner/wax product) ... to my eyes it give me the gloss of Poli-Glow and a very simple application process . Plus it's durable and those 2 coats last the season (NE waters, May to Oct).

I've never noticied any build up or problems with its finish, which is a cross-linked polymer. Plus touch-ups, if needed, are simple and fast. FWIW its the #1 rated car polish by no less than 6 auto afficienado magazines and costs < $6 a bottle.

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What Sea Dad says is correct -acetone will remove Poli Glow very easily. I applied 3 coats and was totally dissatisfied with the results, so I called the company. I was applying it to a very old and neglected boat, but after three coats it looked terrible and I paniced. I should have kept going, but I didn't. Acetone took three coats off with no problem. My neighbor subsequently put it on his boat and it looks great.
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So far so good with the Poli Glow. Only had it on for a few weeks.
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Default Vertglass and removal

I have used Vertglass for the past 3 years. This past weekend I did a full removal and reapplication. It was painful at first until I realized the trick. The remover is Potassium Hydroxide which is the same thing as West Marine's teak cleaner. My problem was trying to be cautious on the amount I used due to the realive small bottle of removal that Vertglass sells . Instead, I went to West Marine and bought the gallon size of the teak cleaner (same thing). I used a strong coarse paint brush and liberal use of the cleaner. I quickly painted on one coat and repeated with another liberal coat while rubbing the surface until the surface felt smooth. Rinsing with a strong hose pressure and very light scrubbing with a scrub pad did the trick - in one pass. Again, liberal use of the teak cleaner is the key so go ahead and buy a gallon. I have a 34' sailboat and the gallon was more than enought. I did a light rinse with vineger and water to make sure the surface was neutalized and then started reapplication.

I am in the nothern Gulf of Mexico and Vertglass has aged well and I have only performed on maintenance application during the 3 year period. I am very pleased - especially since I now know how to easily remove.
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How does Poliglow or Vertglas do for stopping UV rays and stopping boat oxidation?
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I'll second the Nu-Finish, easiest stuff out there.
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How does Poliglow or Vertglas do for stopping UV rays and stopping boat oxidation?
I've had good luck with the UV protection and since it seals the surface it stops oxidation(contact with oxygen).
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I will tell you that after 4 years of getting baked on in the florida sun - the only thing that would remove poliglow from my bertram was straight poliglow branded remover. And that was with plenty of scrubbing. Acetone didn't work MEK didn't work. It had attached itself to bumpers, sides of the boat - some had yellowed, some had flaked. When I asked the yard about getting the boat waxed - they asked me what was on the boat - when I told him I thought it was Poliglow his answer was "never mind, in that condition it can be impossible to get off"

maintain it, and from what I have read it can be OK - let it yellow and flake and you will have a job I wouldn't wish on anybody.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:55 PM
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I recently came across a product called Vivilon which claims to do an excellent job in restoring gelcoat ..... has anyone ever used it or had any experience with it ... there is not much information out there that is not company sponsored. I wouldbe interested to knwo how it compares to Vertglas or Poli-glow
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