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To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Matt19020 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:11 pm

I know this has been discussed before but I am on the fence about applying PoliGlow to the black stripes http://www.myboatstore.com/poliglow4.asp.
I will try to keep this to the people who have used this product
Is it worth the effort?
Easy to apply?
Easy to strip and reapply?
Would you reccomend it?
How long will it last?
Any better alternative?
Thanks for any input.....

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Oskar 26M » Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:08 pm

I used it on the black stripes of my 2007 :macm: M but was disappointed
it was easy to apply, and it looked great for a couple of months, then it went dull, streaky and yellowish
I did it not try reapplying it
I get better results with a good auto polish and periodic use of a mild cutting compound
It might be worth the effort if it is stripped and reapplied regularly

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Erik Hardtle » Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:21 pm

I used NewGlass 2 every year, you can check out my website for a look. I've been happy with the results. Every year I just wet sand lightly, clean, let dry then apply 4 coats.... done.

http://www.enctrader.com/hardtlefamily/ ... allery.htm

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Québec 1 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:42 pm

I poly glowed 1 year. Couldn't get it right the next year so I sanded it all down...what a job, and now just wax. For the first 2 months with the poly glow it looked really good!
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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by seahouse » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:45 pm

Hey Q1!

I was wondering if your bad experience with PoliGlo yellowing etc, applied to the blue part of the hull too? I was going to use it until I saw your post. :o Of course Practical Sailor rated it highly, and made no mention of yellowing. Did it look yellow immediately, or did it turn in time?

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by mallardjusted » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:10 pm

Is it worth the effort?
NO

Easy to apply?
Yes

Easy to strip and reapply?
NO. AWFUL to strip off!

Would you reccomend it?
No, no, no, no ........

How long will it last?
Mine "lasted" one year

Any better alternative?
Yep. What I do now is clean the surfaces (polishing compound or blackstreak cleaner and/or other cleaners), apply a coat of Penetrol (bought at Home Depot), wipe off, wax, and polish. MUCH, MUCH easier, and looks pretty good.

Nothing seems to work long-term, though.

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Québec 1 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:16 pm

B.
The yellowing only showed on the white and it yellowed over time. I have to admit poly glow held a better shine longer than wax, but in the end waxing seems to be the easier way out for me anyhow. In a few weeks I'll deoxidize with 3m heavy oxidation and scratch compound, wax with Fleet wax and polish with Macquires finishing stuff and my boat will look like new for a few months.
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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by tom clayton » Sat Apr 09, 2011 1:03 am

does anyone know is the black stripe around the windows on an m painted or is it part of the molding process? My topside looks like crap and its only 2010 model i've buffed and waxed but if its paint im concerned with buffing it off. i cant believe how fast it fades i just buffed and waxed it last month and it already needs to be redone, im thinking newglass maybe in my future.

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by raycarlson » Sat Apr 09, 2011 6:50 am

black around windows is gelcoat,try a little polish compound before wax using a 7 inch foam pad electric buffer.will make it look like a mirror finish quickly

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Québec 1 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:53 am

3m marine compound on the black stripe followed by collinite fleet wax should do the job

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by vkmaynard » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:43 am

Our PoliGlow job lasted one year and looked great.

We did not reapply last year due to immediately hot weather. Now the finish is shot and flaking on all horizontal surfaces. Never noticed any yellowing.

I can't blame the product since we did not follow the directions.

We are probably going to sand and reapply on on a small area to test.

Long term, I am going to strip the hardware and have a two part PPG automotive clearcoat Urethane applied to the boat.

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by tom clayton » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:46 pm

i just recently buffed it out with a buffing compound followed by polishing with a paste wax using an electric buffer it finished nice but its only been a month and it went right back to needing another round of buffing and polishing kind of a downer, but it does make me buff and wax everywhere else too. i have a few scratches that needed to be filled so another good buffing and waxing will do nicely just be good if i didnt have to do it again in a month i will try some other waxes i was using mcguires automotive wax after i buffed it out with turtle wax buffing compound. i will give these other products a try thanks all.

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by raycarlson » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:56 am

here in sunny AZ i wax once a year and black stripes are no different then white hull other then hard water spots show up more. i have always used a wax called NUFINISH in the orange bottle.sold at walmart autozone etc.. it was consumer reports magazine winner for best wax and is also only 6 bucks a bottle, its been a great performer for me

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Hardcrab » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:37 pm

Watch out and be sparing with the rubbing compound. The gel coat isn't all that thick.

The best advice to any newbe is keep the blacks, (and blue hull) waxed.

Don't let the blacks go downhill, they won't come back as nice as new.

Wax the blacks once a month, BEFORE they look like they need it and then wax the rest of the boat twice a year.

Gelcoat and UV don't mix well.

Use Collinite liquid fiberglass boat cleaner before the Collinite Heavy Duty Fleet Wax.
Turn the cleaner rag often.
Available at West Marine.

Stay on top of it guys --- it's much much easier to maintain, and a b*tch to bring 'em back.

New guys take heed if you want your new Mac to look good for the long haul.

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Re: To PoliGlow or Not to PoliGlow

Post by Indulgence » Sun Apr 17, 2011 10:20 am

Well. I did my 26X with PoliGlow. It still looks good two years later and I feel it was worth it.
But it was a huge backbreaking job. I know it took over 40 hours of concentrated hard work
to strip the hull and clean it. Then if I'm not mistaken I covered it with at least five coats of
the PoliGlow, seven in some areas. I wax it as well to put a barrier between the PoliGlow and
the weather.

PoliGlow will turn yellowish is the presence of grease cutters like ZEP. They make a point of
warning against contaminating it with detergents and de-greasers. When I was done cleaning
my hull there was literally no shine to it at all. I think that's the key.

Just my two cents,
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