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Old 01-05-2020, 08:40 AM
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Hey guys. I am having an extensive detail performed on my 2009 38 Fountain CC. It involves some wet sanding on the exterior and then compounding and waxing all fiberglass/gelcoat surfaces on the exterior and interior. I was quoted $3,450 by the marina. Before I agree to that price, does anyone have any input as to if this is a fair price? Thanks!
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Seems expensive to me, but really depends how bad of a condition your boat is in. I have a 37’ boat in good shape and paid under $1,000 for a detail consisting of 2 coats of wax, full metal work and upholstery cleaning and treatment. This includes waxing in all bins. Admittedly, I did not have wet sanding and compounding.
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Originally Posted by mig888 View Post
Seems expensive to me, but really depends how bad of a condition your boat is in. I have a 37í boat in good shape and paid under $1,000 for a detail consisting of 2 coats of wax, full metal work and upholstery cleaning and treatment. This includes waxing in all bins. Admittedly, I did not have wet sanding and compounding.
Itís not in bad shape at all. There is ghosting from some old decals and some oxidation on the black exterior but I would absolutely not consider it to be in bad condition.
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Originally Posted by bluewaterauburn View Post
Itís not in bad shape at all. There is ghosting from some old decals and some oxidation on the black exterior but I would absolutely not consider it to be in bad condition.
Pics would help. That's close to $100per foot for a detail..>!! Does that include the interior (cabin, carpets, walls, cushions?) ontop of hardtops? Cleaning all hatches and seals?
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Originally Posted by Chrisravosa36 View Post
Pics would help. That's close to $100per foot for a detail..>!! Does that include the interior (cabin, carpets, walls, cushions?) ontop of hardtops? Cleaning all hatches and seals?
this does not include any cabin cleaning, metalwork, cushions, hardtop, etc. I would need to get a pic but donít have good ones that show detail. The interior is in good condition, just a little chalky from age. The exterior is in need of some more work but no more than a single pass of wet sand and a single pass of compound. I expected $2000-2500.
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Whats your location?
id say no more then 1200. Easy.
some marinas do not let outsiders come onto there property to do any work of any kind on boats due to "liability" so if this is your case the detailer in question knows that... and jacks up his price because its AMERICA and he has you by the balls.
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Originally Posted by reeladdicted15 View Post
Whats your location?
id say no more then 1200. Easy.
some marinas do not let outsiders come onto there property to do any work of any kind on boats due to "liability" so if this is your case the detailer in question knows that... and jacks up his price because its AMERICA and he has you by the balls.
Iím in Houston and the boat is in Surfside/Freeport TX. They can come onsite if theyíre insured. Canít find many boat detailers in this area unfortunately.
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Originally Posted by bluewaterauburn View Post
this does not include any cabin cleaning, metalwork, cushions, hardtop, etc. I would need to get a pic but donít have good ones that show detail. The interior is in good condition, just a little chalky from age. The exterior is in need of some more work but no more than a single pass of wet sand and a single pass of compound. I expected $2000-2500.
$3400 way too high. I think $1500 is right number.
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Originally Posted by bluewaterauburn View Post
Iím in Houston and the boat is in Surfside/Freeport TX. They can come onsite if theyíre insured. Canít find many boat detailers in this area unfortunately.
I cant remember any names or the like but there used to be a couple chicks that everyone thought pretty highly of for detailing in the Houston area. I think some searching on the blue water board of 2coolfishing would turn them up.

Boat condition being at least somewhat subjective...the quote you got might or might not be high - the idea of wet sanding the hull and then compound/polish/wax and topside detail on a 38 Fountain hurts my feelings.

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the idea of wet sanding the hull and then compound/polish/wax and topside detail on a 38 Fountain hurts my feelings.[/QUOTE]

Having done a 21 with two passes of wet sanding-compound/polish/wax, I strongly agree with above, that project nearly broke me. I'll compound/polish and wax going forward and spot wet sand- but hell no on wet sanding whole hull. Any fading that I can't get compounding- we're just gonna live with.... BTW the Makita buffer is better than heavier Milwaukee.

When I saw the $3400 price I wanted to reply do it yourself- but that's just a soul crusher..

This said a talented Detailer can accomplish wet sanded results with no/minimal wet sanding. I'm NOT one of those guys but I know they exist.
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This said a talented Detailer can accomplish wet sanded results with no/minimal wet sanding. I'm NOT one of those guys but I know they exist.
Yes you can and I'll share the secret for a lot less than Joel Olsteen would charge.....wash with Meguiars oxidation scrub and then compound/polish in one step with Smoove Pro Cut 1000 on a white wool pad. The Smoove is also bad azzed on a foam pad if you dont have any heavy oxidation to deal with.
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Way too expensive. My 38' Fountain was around $750 for a standard detail, so I can't imagine paying more than $1,500 for what you've mentioned. More like $1,250 imo.
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Way too expensive. My 38' Fountain was around $750 for a standard detail...
How long did it take? That sounds all kinds of cheap.

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Originally Posted by bluewaterauburn View Post
Iím in Houston and the boat is in Surfside/Freeport TX. They can come onsite if theyíre insured. Canít find many boat detailers in this area unfortunately.
I suspect those two reasons (I assume you meant they can't come onsite if they're not insured) are the reason the price is so high!
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I have a full detail interior and exterior including light compounding and two coats of UV wax for $800 on my 29 CV.
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I just paid $1500 to have the green hull on my VX wet sanded and polished / waxed from the rub rail down
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Iíd ask to see a pricing breakdown, otherwise theyíre just winging it and hoping you have deep pockets.
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My 2 cents, sounds like too much. Also I was always lead to believe that putting on a second coat just removes the majority of the first coat?
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I got quoted $1100 for a 24' CC in South FL. Full wet sand, compound, polish and finally ceramic. Inside and out, including all metal and inside hatches. The hull was pretty chalky. The guy said 3 guys working for 3-4 days. I politely declined and did it myself... never again... and I'm sure they would have done a much better job, but I'm ok with that.
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Originally Posted by miamizx View Post
I got quoted $1100 for a 24' CC in South FL. Full wet sand, compound, polish and finally ceramic. Inside and out, including all metal and inside hatches. The hull was pretty chalky. The guy said 3 guys working for 3-4 days. I politely declined and did it myself... never again... and I'm sure they would have done a much better job, but I'm ok with that.
People must be hungry...I'm near finishing my new to me 23' - no wet sanding, no insides anything, no metal and I'll have about 30 hours into it when finished. Your scenario = 80/90ish hours of labor....dudes are working for peanuts.

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