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Re: Poly Glow
I've used PoliGlow on about six 1970-80's age boats with excellent results. It is basically like an acrylic floor wax with a ton of UV agents in it. It can put a shine back on a 20-30 year old boat better than any wax or polish. Easy to put on (no buffing) and easily removed (strong ammonia wax remover). One spent two years at a slip here in Tampa, very hot, bright sun, with no degradation. My current boat is a '74 Cal 29 which was done about a year ago and still shines. The trick to this is to get the sides very clean and remove all of the old wax and grease. I've never seen it peel, but I imagine if you just applied it over the old wax that that might happen. If you leave the dirt or the yellow on, you will just have a shiny dirty (or yellow) boat. One boat I had to wipe down with acetone, another required an acid etch. Its like painting a car, prep is everything. Use the cleaner in the kit to prep your boat as a final step after it is clean.
The prep can also remove the old PoliGlow so you can retouch a damaged area (like where a dirty fender rubs it) and then just recoat that area, it will blend in well..
It is easy to apply, no buffing, just go around and round your boat with the chamois applicator six or seven times and it will shine almost like new. Be patient, it takes three or four coats just to fill the micro roughness in your old gel coat. I wouldn't use it on a recent gel coat (last ten years) as a good wax and polish is better for this but for an old boat you can't beat it. I've never used it on the decks as I am afraid it might be too slippery.
If you must remove the old PoliGlow from your boat order the cleaner from the company or use a very strong ammonia based acrylic wax stripper. Test that on a small place to be sure it doesn't affect the gel coat.
Recommended by Practical Sailor. You can view photos and info at poliglow.net
Last edited by wfish11; 02-01-2013 at 04:54 PM.