My Poli-Glow Application
Iíve just finished a Poli-Glow application to a very weatherbeaten 31 year old Catalina 27.
The topsides were very chalky, no amount of scrubbing would pass the finger whitening or butt-sliding whitening test for more than a month or two. In short, the gelcoat is shot. It should be Awl-gripped, Imroned or re-gelcoated, but Iím just not going to do that.
Iíd take some digital photos, but the camera has gone to the same place that one sock goes in the dryer. Sorry. (hey, thatís what the kid says, ďsorryĒÖ that makes it alllll better, right?)
I used copious amounts of cheap clabber girl with bleach cleanser and a stiff nylon floor brush. This works just fine. The trick is to remove all the chalkiness and rinse the cleanser off as well. I found that hitting the deck with the dock hose isnít enough, but a couple of inches of frog-choking Texas spring rain in one day did the job.
Then comes the Poli-Prep. This blue colored cleaner comes in a quart bottle, you cut it three parts water, one part cleaner and use a spray bottle to apply. The supplied scrubber/applicator looks like a plastic pot scrubber about three by five inches. Work in small areas. Squirt-squirt, scrub, scrub, rinse, repeat. A little more chalk comes off this way, plus it says it removes any wax, oil, whatever else is on there. Ok, canít prove that by me, this tub has sat in the Texas summer sun for it whole life, I donít know what the P.Oís did, but I havenít done diddly to it in 10 years so, Iím pretty safe in assuming there wasnít any wax on it.
The Poli-glow is a milky colored liquid in a quart bottle. The applicator(s) are a one by three inch foam block covered in chamois, and a small piece of chamois for smaller areas.
The application is straightforward, no secrets here. Wipe-on. Done. Work in small areas. The stuff dries very quickly, less than a minute per coat. Youíll need at least 5-6 coats. After the first two or three coats, youíll wonder to yourself why you did this to your boat, it looks like hell. Uneven, spotty, itíll look like a slow 10 year old painted your garage with a mop. Not pretty.
Just keep the faith. After the fourth coat, it starts to even out. By the fifth, it looks pretty good. On my sixth, and final coat, it looks GREAT. I have to say, this stuff is really good looking. The topside is really bright and shiny.
This is not a miracle. It wonít restore your gelcoat, it makes what is there very shiny. Very shiny indeed.
If there is a discoloration/stain of any kind on your existing gelcoat, and it is not removed, it will be a very shiny discoloration/stain.
It is slippery as hell when wet. I mean as slippery as frozen owl snot on a sliver platter slippery. DO NOT apply to any place that you may need footing. Ask my ass how I know. Twice. I had to Poli-Prep some of it off, ok?
I did the whole deck with ľ of a bottle. I will be bribing the offspring with promises of food and beverages to apply said product to the hull. (Forget trying to bribe the Cuban, sheís on to me.)
I am not a product reviewer, I am not associated with the company in any way, I bought the stuff at full retail, Iím not compensated for this (like its worth it, eh?), its just my application. Your mileage may vary, your experiences may be different.
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Last edited by cardiacpaul; 04-18-2007 at 03:53 PM.