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Old 08-06-2018, 08:05 AM
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OK THT - So after reading a few threads on here and also doing my homework I decided to go with Glidecoat Ceramic (hydrophobic) coating instead of wax on my topside and non-skid
Let me start by saying I'm in no way affiliated with this company, nor did a receive any type of discount or kickback for this post...
Just an ordinary guy who fishes a lot trying to help other members see how it performs and if the coating will stand the test of time

The boat is a 2000 Boston Whaler 260 Outrage I purchased from a prior owner who hadn't detailed the hull
I also have her wetslipped in the Florida sun 24/7 so she's exposed to the elements except for skirting the center console and covering the leaning post
Fast forward 2 years of my project replacing wiring, repowering, and doing the rest of the little work, it was time to finally clean her up
Everything was sticking to the topside and deck, we fish her hard every week, travel to the Bahamas, and get her very bloody so this should be a good test

Communication was excellent, Kyle and Christian at Glidecoat were extremely responsive and very helpful answering any questions I had
They made appointments, showed up on time, and were willing to go the extra mile to put the work into this boat
To say the least these guys both worked 2 days hard in the sun prepping the topside before applying the coating and made sure to get every nook and cranny
I was amazed the amount of effort it took to bring her back to life but extremely happy with both the time they put in and pride they took in their work

The reason I only did the topside right now since she's wetslipped and I'm fishing to much to pull her out and do the hull the way I want to
I figured I'd get the hardest parts to clean including the nonskid, see if I'm happy, then pull her at a later date for the rest

First report and pics below:
I'm extremely happy with the results so far, not only the prep work but also the coating itself (one part of the transom the gloss meter read 3.3 to 5.5 and they got it up to 85.9 which was pretty incredible)
For the coating itself the deck does not feel any more slippery under foot than it was prior, it is very clean from the detailing and dirt / water beads off, the grip is still there from the nonskid as it appears to have only filled in the pores and left the texture intact
Water on the topside now holds the dirt suspended in the droplets which is pretty cool to see, I was able to wipe it off with my hand and no dirt remained on the gelcoat
I'll make sure to update this post as we fish hard and let her sit in the sun over time - hopefully this will save valuable time cleaning up and keep her looking great!























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The gloss is impressive considering where she started....

Did they go back and clean out all of the compound residue from the snaps and screws?

What is the warranty on this coating?
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Originally Posted by sclancy View Post
The gloss is impressive considering where she started....
Did they go back and clean out all of the compound residue from the snaps and screws?
Yes they went back and cleaned up the residue before applying the coating, sorry the pics were from start to finish, these guys did excellent work!

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What is the warranty on this coating?
I spoke on end with Kyle from Glidecoat and they have an 18 month warranty, they stand behind both their product and their work to make sure the customer is happy
It's hard at times to find people in the Marine industry that are willing to go the extra mile, these guys do for sure!
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Curious how they prepped the nonskid. Hard to polish down in the grooves.
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What was the ballpark cost?
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Originally Posted by JiminAZ View Post
Curious how they prepped the nonskid. Hard to polish down in the grooves.
lots of hard work with their cleaning products and both a full size brush and brushing by hand too, these guys worked hard! I even had chum stains they got out of the nonskid!
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What was the ballpark cost?
In fairness every boat is different, feel free to contact them for a quote
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It was reasonable in my opinion after quoting other detailers in my area for the same job but with wax
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Thanks for this thread, Iím very interested in these coatings. Iím curious about whether the nonskid is slick after coating...is that a slipping hazard?

Also, when these coatings wear out, do they gradually fade away like wax, or do they peel like a paint or varnish?

what about using cleaners, soaps, or bleach on these coatings? I understand that harsh cleaners should be less necessary...but if you get a stain & have to use a harsh cleaner, will it remove the coating?
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Originally Posted by 71Outrage View Post
Thanks for this thread, Iím very interested in these coatings. Iím curious about whether the nonskid is slick after coating...is that a slipping hazard?


I didn't find it any more slippery than before, since the grit is still there and the coating fills in the pores I don't necessarily feel it being any different besides repelling the water and dirt better
I'm not advertising you do this if you are concerned about slipping but I personally decided to give it a try due to all the chum and staining I was getting on the deck

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Also, when these coatings wear out, do they gradually fade away like wax, or do they peel like a paint or varnish?
As I understand it will start losing the shine, no peeling, just like wax but last longer

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what about using cleaners, soaps, or bleach on these coatings? I understand that harsh cleaners should be less necessary...but if you get a stain & have to use a harsh cleaner, will it remove the coating?
I was told I should use mild cleaners and a soft brush to help extend the life of the product
Glidecoat has their own soap and cleaner spray (for any harder spots) so that is what I'll be using in this test
I'd rather stick to what they recommend and not skew any results
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Looks like they did a good job getting the shine back. One thing I would caution is not to expect the coating to perform as well on the nonskid as it does on the shiny surfaces. I'm sure it will help with the cleanup in the beginning but it may not last as long. This isn't a knock on their application or the material, it's more just the nature of the beast. That being said, I haven't personally used this material but knowing how polymer release agents work on boat molds, I'd guess it could be similar in performance (the nonskid portions of the mold always need more attention than the shiny stuff). But I could be wrong and it may work just as long. Time will tell on that. Looking forward to updates.
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They finished mine. I have not seen her yet. But they sent some photos. 88 gloss




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The initial results are great.

Given the up front cost I am still waiting for the long term reviews to come in 2 to 5 yrs out.
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Here are a few more pics from yesterday


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I did a test running my finger over the nonskid after wetting it, I also ran the hose full blast on the floor and shuffling my bare feet
Everything was good, no extra slip, my finger and feet would both grip just fine
Again this might vary based on your nonskid type, and if you are afraid of slipping maybe this is not for you, but it appears the water simply gets out of the way of the grip in my case

Any dirt from my feet simply washed off with the pressure of the hose, you can see the beading of the droplets on the nonskid above
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Looks good after application. But the real question is how long does this coating last to 75% of the initial glossiness.
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Looks great. Very interesting.
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Looks awesome and if it makes clean ups easier and stays clean longer I am all for it!
Looking forward to a review later in the season.

Good luck, looks awesome! Congrats!
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Wanted to give an update of the boat sitting in the sun and fishing
I'm VERY impressed with the shine and ease of cleaning to say the least

Decks have been bloodied with plenty of fish from schools of mahi and tuna to cut squid ink while deep dropping, even the braid color bleed washes right off the nonskid on top of the gunnel!
No one has noticed any "extra slip" on the nonskid and after walking all over the blood it just washed right off the deck without any scrubbing

Don't have any daytime pics yet but here are a few from this weekend, no soap has been used on the boat at all
Pure hose and nozzle after filling the boxes then coming home to clean up!





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Any idea how they applied the coating to the nonskid? Seems like that would be challenging in itself to get it uniform
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Originally Posted by tailin strange View Post
Any idea how they applied the coating to the nonskid? Seems like that would be challenging in itself to get it uniform
I wasn't present when Kyle and Christian did the nonskid but I'll ask if they can chime in.

Either way I'm sure if you reach out to Glidecoat they'll help you, good news is it can be done and appears to work great!
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