(NAC) David Ullrich's querry re Waxing boats
gatorojo at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 22 12:22:49 EDT 2006
David Ullrich asked about waxing boats, but since in live in a
community of hard-core sailors in Pensacola, FL (Baja Alabama), I
forwarded the original question to a neighbor buddy who has lived
aboard his Cal-46 for the last 20 years. He's a retired Los Angeles FD
Battalion Chief who makes a good living rebuilding Atomic Four sailboat
engines and has encyclopedic knowledge of all things boatical
Here's the ungarbled word, per my buddy Tom:
> Subject: boat wax question Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 08:02:51 -0500
> Hi Tom,
> Got a question from one of the guys on the Quattro list concerning
> what wax to use on his boat.
> Since you are the repository of all wisdom concerning things that
> float, I thought you might be able to point me in the right direction,
> and to that end, I provide the offending email in it's entirety:
>> From: "David Ullrich" Subject: LAC: Longest lasting "Wax"?
>> Although its not for my Audi, this could easily apply to any Audi.
>> I'm in search of the longet lasting wax or wax-like product for use
>> in a harsh environment. Specifically on my fiberglass blat. She's an
>> older 40 foot trawler (a Willard 40 FBS for those familiar with
>> trawlers). Her hull is white with a grey boot stripe. The hull is
>> oxidized (clalky). I can gt rid of the chalkiness and oxidation with
>> a polisher and cleaner/compound.
> * First wash the boat using water and Tri Sodium Phosphate,TSP,
> available at most paint stores or big box stores. It has no additives
> that will cause compounds and wax to smear. I dilute TSP about one cup
> to 3 gallons of water. Often it is less work and you get a better
> finish if you do use 1,000 grit wet sandpaper. If the gel coat is
> chalky, it is easier to wet sand than buff.
>> She has plenty of gelcoat left for that. If it comes down to it, she
>> actully has enough gel left that I could wet sand then polish, but I
>> dont thing shes that for gone.
> *After wet sanding, I then use a 3-M product, "Gel Coat Compound". It
> is far more aggressive than the 3-M "Heavy Duty" and is white in
> color. It is only available in gallon size buckets, about $50 at West
> Marine. Use a sheep skin buffing pad and a slow turning power buffer,
> about 1500 RPM's and keep it clean and moving so as to not heat up the
> gel coat. I prefer an air powered buffer as they are much lighter in
> weight, thus easier to control and less tiring.If you do not wet sand,
> expect to only get about12 to 16 SF before turning the pad. I have two
> pads, one in use and one soaking in fresh water, then use a nozzle
> with a small tip to wash them. I spin them dry on the buffer. Watch
> the spray. But the real question is what wax or wax-like product.
> After compounding the entire hull, try to do this in the shade if
> possible, wash the boat again using TSP and a thorough rinsing.
> - I have experimented with many waxes and for our Florida sun and heat
> have found Collinites Fleet Wax superior, even better than 3-M. In all
> cases, IMHO, the liquid waxes are inferior to gel waxes.
> I use the same sheep skin pads and wash them as wax residue builds up.
> In our part of the world you are lucky to get nine months with a real
> high gloss. A lot depends on your lattitude and how the boat usually
> is oriented to the suns rays.
> Your mileage may vary.
> Tom, AKA "Old Flat Head" rebuilder of older boat engines
>> to put on to keep it looking good for a long time to come. I dont
>> need super high gloss, the most important thing to me is longevity.
>> She is outside and in a slip, constantly exposed to the elements
>> including salt air. I am good about rinsing her down with freah water
>> after I take her out, but she is exposed to saltwater at least one a
>> month. Idealy I'd like it to last at least a year, if not longer. SO,
>> anyone have any suggestions for a long lasting product?
>> Dave 1987 CGT 2.3 SE VA
> I appreciate any thoughts on the subject you'd care to share.
> Muchachos Garcias,
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