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Old 03-13-2020, 01:25 PM
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I have reviewed some older threads about this but I would like to know a few things. I know there are many levels of "detailing" ranging from a power wash to wet sanding and beyond. I was told they could make my boat look almost like new in the cockpit and hull.
I see little dents and dings on the boat as we as a bunch of spider cracks. Also a couple of spots that had been repaired with "MarineTek" fiberglass repair stuff. They look at the boat and say a detail would look smart but i look at the boat and it is clearly saying lets let's just go fishing. I'm leaning that way but what I really want to know is how much a foot should I expect to pay to have this work done on an 18ft Dauntless. What about a soup to nuts detail. Must be pricey. I don't expect cheap. Fair is good enough for me and if it is cost prohibitive I'm otay with just forgetting about it.
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Old 03-13-2020, 01:45 PM
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$50 a foot for full hull, topside, console, ttop, engine covers. all cleaned and waxed. Hull sides get a compound and wax etc.
At least that's what we end up doing. Looks great in the early season and maintains value.
plus washing is super easy.
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Perfect do it yourself project.

1. Take anything not attached off of the boat.
2. Thoroughly wash, scrub and dry every area, nook, cranny, etc.
3. Collinite fiberglass cleaner and then collinite wax on all fiberglass surfaces.
4. 303 cleaner and 303 protectant on all vinyl/rubber.
5. Simichrome or other quality metal polish followed by collinite metal wax on everything made of metal.
6. Consider replacing any faded labels, stickers, etc. to freshen things up.
Old 03-13-2020, 03:52 PM
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most detailers around here charge about $20/ft. includes limited compounding and wax. cleaning and treating upholstery and soft goods.
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Originally Posted by HardaGround View Post
I have reviewed some older threads about this but I would like to know a few things. I know there are many levels of "detailing" ranging from a power wash to wet sanding and beyond. I was told they could make my boat look almost like new in the cockpit and hull.
I see little dents and dings on the boat as we as a bunch of spider cracks. Also a couple of spots that had been repaired with "MarineTek" fiberglass repair stuff. They look at the boat and say a detail would look smart but i look at the boat and it is clearly saying lets let's just go fishing. I'm leaning that way but what I really want to know is how much a foot should I expect to pay to have this work done on an 18ft Dauntless. What about a soup to nuts detail. Must be pricey. I don't expect cheap. Fair is good enough for me and if it is cost prohibitive I'm otay with just forgetting about it.
Thanks and if this is a recurring question I apologize.
You are talking about a ton of different things... fiberglass repair for dents, dings, cracks, is not detailing

Detailing could be as simple as washing, waxing, or more involved such as wet sanding, compounding, polishing. There is also ceramic coating.

All of these services vary in cost and vary by location and how much work might be involved.

You could spend thousands on a 18 foot boat if you wanted to...

How about posting some pics and your location??

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Put up some pictures..please
Old 03-15-2020, 08:41 AM
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I think you need to do it yourself or you'll likely either pay a lot or be disappointed.

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