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Old 05-11-2020, 11:43 AM
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What is the best polish or wax to get a really good shine on a boat gel coat? Thanks for any help you can give me.
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Starbrite Marine Polish! I have tried a lot and it is the easiest to apply and remove, leaves a lasting shine and makes the clean up very easy. Has PTEF in it to make for an extremely slick finish!
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I used 3M perfect-it medium compound, polish and wax. Did a great job! I did a bunch of research before and always came back to 3M. A lot of the pros I talked to said they have used it for years.
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Recent thread of helpful

What’s the latest/greatest gel coat cleaner/polish/wax on the market?

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I just used Shurhold's Pro Polish for the first time. I can't speak to how durable the shine is since I just put it on, but hands down the nicest polish that I have ever used in my 40+ yrs of boating
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3m imperial compound followed by meguiers pure wax.

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Originally Posted by Kingsransom_1999 View Post
Starbrite Marine Polish! I have tried a lot and it is the easiest to apply and remove, leaves a lasting shine and makes the clean up very easy. Has PTEF in it to make for an extremely slick finish!
honestly I had good luck with the starbrite stuff this year and so far so good. Last year I used chemical guys which was really nice, they were just sold out when I started buying spring time prep stuff. Probably gonna stick with starbrite going forward though
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Just picked this up. Waxed/Coated the console this past wknd. I'll finish the rest of the boat over the next couple weeks. Really like it so far. I love trying new stuff. It's a hybrid wax/ceramic. Water sheets right off like a ceramic should. Application and removal process is cake.

https://www.meguiars.com/automotive/...ction-easy-use
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Ask 100 people and you'll get about 117 different answers.
I vote NuFinish
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I have had great, and similar, results with Starbrite with PTEF, and NuFinish. Usually do the boat/truck once a year. Amazing. This year I went with 3m Perfect It over the polish, and it was slicker and shinier. But I don’t know if it really matters...I guess I was bored this winter.
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Seems like whatever someone uses makes it the best. Nothing like pride of ownership.

At lease Goose provided some comparison.

It is always the same with these forums the best car or boat is the one I own.
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I use the shurhold pro polish. I like all of their products. No chalk filler, less dust. Have had good results with it. I like their videos and the have a great electronics spray! Stuff is amazing on my console! I use maguires on my cars with good results never used their marine products. Check out this video from shurhold

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Starbrite Polish and Nu Finish, I've also had good results with Meguiars and 3m products.
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Products that are easy to remove and dont leave a haze ......

Trying a product on an older black car shows just how clear a product works and which then becomes your favorite .
Also useful way to confirm which swirl remover is best.
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SMOOVE
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its now our go to, does just as good as 3m but less work. I fought trying it for years and finally did this year. Glad we did, we do about 20-30 boats a year and it works faster and cuts deeper
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there is simply nothing better than fleet wax...anything else is amateur stuff...fleet wax 885 from collinite is professional stuff...i used 2 coats in april and the water stills beads off in mid august ....you need a buffer and knowledge on how to buff and it shines like brand new....however you have to compound first with collinite 920 cleaner then wax with no 885...anything else and you are simply wasting your time and money
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Originally Posted by renegade72 View Post
there is simply nothing better than fleet wax...anything else is amateur stuff...fleet wax 885 from collinite is professional stuff...i used 2 coats in april and the water stills beads off in mid august ....you need a buffer and knowledge on how to buff and it shines like brand new....however you have to compound first with collinite 920 cleaner then wax with no 885...anything else and you are simply wasting your time and money
Agreed. Can I pay you to wax my boat?
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Originally Posted by renegade72 View Post
there is simply nothing better than fleet wax...anything else is amateur stuff...fleet wax 885 from collinite is professional stuff...i used 2 coats in april and the water stills beads off in mid august ....you need a buffer and knowledge on how to buff and it shines like brand new....however you have to compound first with collinite 920 cleaner then wax with no 885...anything else and you are simply wasting your time and money
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Agreed. Can I pay you to wax my boat?
Yes. And after he's finished with yours he can start on mine.
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Originally Posted by Rollo Tomassi View Post
Yes. And after he's finished with yours he can start on mine.
I can't tell you how badly I'd like to find a good detailer. At least in SWFL they are terrible.
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Originally Posted by renegade72 View Post
there is simply nothing better than fleet wax...anything else is amateur stuff...fleet wax 885 from collinite is professional stuff...i used 2 coats in april and the water stills beads off in mid august
NuFinish has done the same for me - one application in April - shine still there in October - after polishing with Farecla G3 followed by Farecla G10 - then NuFinish as the dealer.
This year, having had excellent results on my cars, I tried Meguiars hybrid ceramic - so far so good - only applied at the beginning of June due to not using the boat due to COVID, so hasn’t yet had the same test as the NuFinish - but holding up well so far.

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