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Old 08-18-2018, 07:05 AM
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I just did a full write up on this. The stuff is amazing and even though my boat was damn near perfect before I did it, it looks so much better now. It almost looks wet all the time. The interior including the vinyl looks amazing and has a constant shine to it. I had all my aluminum done and the bottom of the hull. Supposedly this will allow you to leave the boat in the water for a couple extra days, on vacation for example and be able to wash the scum off easily. I don't leave my boat in the water for longer than a night or two and that's rare so I can't comment on if that's true or not. I used Ceramic Pro Marine and had it done professionally. The prep work is key as everyone is saying. I wouldn't try it as a do it yourself project unless you have a lot of detailing experience. I know the company I took mine to had about 90hrs in it total from start to finish. I'll find the link from mine and post it here.
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Old 08-18-2018, 07:10 AM
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Ceramic Coat Pro coating. WOW what an amazing product!

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Old 08-18-2018, 08:32 PM
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link is no good for some reason
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:48 PM
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Hmmm it’s working for me...
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Old 08-19-2018, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Raybo Marine NY View Post
$125 a foot holy crap, some parts of the country people are paying that for paint jobs
Done properly, it's every bit as labor intensive as paint. There are lots of new products going under the moniker of a ceramic coating, but aren't really.
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by DIVER2 View Post
Any good for the bottom?
We have applied a few different coatings to bottoms, but it's still a bit of an unknown. Not enough testing has been done. I can say that it works to and extent, as long as the boat doesn't live in the water. It will help in removing scum, etc. after a day on the water, or a week, but the total life span for the bottom is unknown.
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:37 AM
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Someone who uses Flightshield Sapphire V1 told me that he can't/ won't apply it to nonskid per recommendation from the company. Any thoughts on this?
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:43 AM
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Someone who uses Flightshield Sapphire V1 told me that he can't/ won't apply it to nonskid per recommendation from the company. Any thoughts on this?
It comes down to the owners preference. I have applied on non skid before, but it can make the non skid areas a little more slick, as the water will bead up instead laying flat in the nonskid. It will make cleaning these areas easier and not require the use of heavy cleaners, but I also wouldn't expect it to last as long as it will on the flat fiberglass/gel coat areas. This is due to more wear and abrasion on the nonskid.
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Old 08-20-2018, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by cwesthorpe90 View Post
It comes down to the owners preference. I have applied on non skid before, but it can make the non skid areas a little more slick, as the water will bead up instead laying flat in the nonskid. It will make cleaning these areas easier and not require the use of heavy cleaners, but I also wouldn't expect it to last as long as it will on the flat fiberglass/gel coat areas. This is due to more wear and abrasion on the nonskid.
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by cwesthorpe90 View Post
I do detailing work in South Florida and I work exclusively with ceramic coatings (Glidecoat). The prep is very important when applying any ceramic coating, as the coating with enhance the surface when applied and lock it in. It will deepen the shine of a well preped surface giving your boat a better than new finish! But it will not cover up oxidization or dullness in the surface, that needs to be removed before application. As far as pricing is concerned, it varies from boat to boat and the amount of prep and correction is involved before hand. Our prices start at $60 per foot but they rarely get as high as $125.
Out out of curiosity what would it cost to do a 10 year-old 3 quarter ton pickup?
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:17 PM
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I’m skeptical it’s not just snake oil sold to dudes with a dream of not having to wax their boats. If this was really as good as it is made out to be, every (at least high end) boat would just come from the factory with it, and no one would have to wax boats. ..
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:49 AM
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Does every phone come with a protective case from the manufacturer even though they know 98% of the folks will get one? Boat manufacturers are not into the detailing business. Coatings don’t last forever, so it doesn’t make sense for the boat manufacturers to apply it before delivery. It’s just an alternative to waxing that gives longer protection. Both my boats and my truck are coated. I’m a believer because I see the difference and I’m not buffing / waxing every few months.

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Old 08-21-2018, 08:27 AM
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Has anyone used Glidecoat?
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Old 08-21-2018, 09:05 AM
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I did it on a 10 year old white 4Runner a few weeks ago.

I had the local detailing place clay bar and buff the vehicle first-that Was $200. If you've ever seen old toyota white paint--it sucks. Mine was chalky and had to be cut pretty good to get it to shine.

I put Sonax two step ceramic on it (that was about $80), and took about 4-5 hours to complete. A month or so later and it still shines great--even dirty. I don;t think its ever looked better. I have no idea how long it will last, but it looks 100x better than it did before I started.

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Out out of curiosity what would it cost to do a 10 year-old 3 quarter ton pickup?
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:51 AM
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I bought a small bottle of Glidecoat to try on my white gelocoat at/above the waterline.
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Will any of these ceramic coatings protect from getting a tannic acid stain?
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:02 AM
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Originally Posted by NauticalSteve25 View Post
Will any of these ceramic coatings protect from getting a tannic acid stain?
It is my understanding it doesn't prevent them but it is lessened greatly. The big benefit is that the stain can be effectively wiped off.

There was another thread where someone had ceramic coating applied and the stain wiped off with a cloth, no chemicals. Hence why I am going to try it.
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Old 08-22-2018, 08:09 AM
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The coating has prevented staining for me. I coated my cat last winter and purposely left some areas in the tunnel uncoated as a test. Sure enough, the uncoated areas are stained and the coated areas are not. There is a sharp line from clean to stained where the coating ended. The coated areas still bead water like I just waxed the boat yesterday. I should have taken pictures before I came back to work. My boats are trailer queens and haven't stayed in the water longer than 48 hours at a time. I can't say how good the coating will prevent staining for boats that are always in the water. I use my bay boat in fresh water several times a year and it seems fresh water leaves a harder stain / scum line than saltwater. A wipe with a towel and its gone since my bay boat is coated also.
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Old 09-25-2018, 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Fish'nFool View Post
I bought a small bottle of Glidecoat to try on my white gelocoat at/above the waterline.
It's been a month. Any difference with the Glidecoat?
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:20 AM
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Full write up on the ceramic coat process.

https://www.wavetowave.com/home/2018...olor-and-shine
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