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Old     (ethan31)      Join Date: Jun 2007       03-28-2010, 7:39 PM Reply   
What does everyone recommend for a good polish and wax?
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       03-28-2010, 7:43 PM Reply   
3M Marine wax
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       03-28-2010, 7:55 PM Reply
Old     (scottnaz)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-28-2010, 8:41 PM Reply   
I've been previously using the Meguires Flagship marine wax, but was recently steered towards Driven's marine polish/wax. Ordered some up, and plan on trying it out in the next week or 2
Old     (you_da_man)      Join Date: Sep 2009       03-28-2010, 9:09 PM Reply   
Scott, were you not satisfied with Meguiar's to switch? Meguiar's Flagship has had very good reviews on Wakeworld. Also, 3M seems a popular choice and easy to find.
Old     (unclejessie)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-29-2010, 7:34 AM Reply   
Driven product are top notch... hands down the best I have used.

Old     (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       03-29-2010, 8:16 AM Reply   
I just waxed my boat this weekend with the Meguiar's Premium Marine Wax and it looks brand new! I think it does a great job, but I must confess that my opinion is probably void since I haven't used anything else. Ha!
Old     (scottnaz)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-29-2010, 8:45 AM Reply   
No complaints, what so ever, with the Meguiars Flagship. It leaves the boat silky smooth with a great shine, and seems to be very durable.
I just thought I'd try some new products this year, so I'm going to give the driven wax a shot
Old     (unclejessie)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-29-2010, 8:50 AM Reply   
try the Driven Water Spot remover to. Wow... IMO, it works way better than Meguiar's Water Spot remover.

Old     (wallnut21)      Join Date: Mar 2009       03-29-2010, 9:11 AM Reply   
Just waxed the boat this weekend.... DRIVEN wax all the way!! Spot Remover excellent as well!
Old     (helinut)      Join Date: Apr 2007       03-29-2010, 10:11 AM Reply   
Where can you pick the up the Driven water spot remover? I'm needing to get rid of some water spots when I bring the boat out this year. Would like something a bit better than vinegar and water.
Old     (unclejessie)      Join Date: Jan 2004       03-29-2010, 10:13 AM Reply
Old     (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       03-29-2010, 11:04 AM Reply   
For every day use for water spots try Eagle One Wipe and Shine. That stuff works great and smells great too!
Old     (scottnaz)      Join Date: Feb 2008       03-29-2010, 11:49 AM Reply   
I ordered all the Driven products through Amazon
Old     (malibudude)      Join Date: Feb 2001       03-29-2010, 12:40 PM Reply   
I use Starbrites polish and apply 2-3 coats then follow it up w/ West Marine's brand Caranuba paste wax, works awesome even with the hard water spots I get.
Old     (colombiansurfer)      Join Date: Sep 2008       03-29-2010, 3:49 PM Reply   
I use Meguires Flagship marine wax with there Polish. I full detail about 4 times a year. Key is to follow up with some kind of quick detailer after each use, like Babe Boat Brite. If you purchase babes products, go ahead and get a gallon of it.
Old     (mortbike)      Join Date: Feb 2005       03-29-2010, 7:38 PM Reply   
has anyone tried poliglow?? it is not a wax, you apply mulitple thin coats . claims to restore gelcoat, i may try this on my houseboat, but would like some feedback first..
Old     (mendo247)      Join Date: Mar 2005       03-29-2010, 8:16 PM Reply   
Turtle Wax...
Old     (surfdoggy)      Join Date: Dec 2009       03-31-2010, 6:56 PM Reply   
Really like the Collinite wax, but have only used it once, and don't have long term results yet.
Old     (ethan31)      Join Date: Jun 2007       03-31-2010, 7:56 PM Reply   
I buffed the boat with 3m 5973, and with 3m polish. Looks good. I will buy some meguires this weekend, its the only stuff I can get locally. I might order some of the other stuff you guys recommended this summer. I need something durable since the boat stays in the water for 2-3 weeks at a time.

Thanks for the help, happy shredding.
Old     (ajholt7)      Join Date: Apr 2009       04-01-2010, 2:12 AM Reply   
You guys using the driven, do you use any wax or just the polish?

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Old     (desotodave)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-01-2010, 7:30 AM Reply   
I had my boat detailed by a guy who specializes in boats, and I could not have been happier. He explained what he did to me.

First he throughly washed the boat to remove any abrasives that could have been on the gel coat.

Second he used a water/vinegar treatment to remove hard water.

Third, he polished the boat with several levels of polish to make the surface smooth and shiny! Gelcoat is VERY porous as compared to paint, so polishing is a different process on Gelcoat than it is for paint.

Fourth, he used a SEALANT not a wax on the surface. He said that wax, especially on black will not last nearly as long as a Sealant. Also, a sealant will fill in some of the microscopic holes that are in the gel coat and repel hard water stains. I was VERY happy with the results.
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Old     (desotodave)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-01-2010, 7:31 AM Reply   
the Second and Third pictures were before washing, and before polishing.
Old     (factorykitted)      Join Date: Jul 2009       04-01-2010, 11:07 AM Reply   
For a boat i would use....

Polish: Duragloss Marine & RV Polish #501
Wax: Collinite insulator wax #845

I also use Swissvax Insignis on my boat but mainly vehicles. It's a bit pricey at $375 per 200ml
Old    malibu_nut            04-02-2010, 8:27 AM Reply   
Do i see a Cessna and a Piper in that mirror like finish??
Old     (desotodave)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-02-2010, 10:37 AM Reply   
My boat is actually nestled in with 2 pipers and 2 cessnas. Unfortunately I can't pull the boat with the plane!!!

The old cherokee you see is a buddy's. I have a Turbo Lance, a 182, and a 172 (between me and my dad).
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Old     (el1070)      Join Date: May 2007       04-02-2010, 12:39 PM Reply   
david pierce, want kind of sealant does your guy use? Also, anyone know any good products to use on aluminum towers?

Old     (desotodave)      Join Date: Mar 2009       04-02-2010, 2:28 PM Reply   
I wish I knew! My detailer is kind of one of these MAD Genius's and he brings all of his product in generic unmarked bottles. So...I am just dependant on him to make things look beautiful. I just know that he is amazing, and I have never been able to come close to what he does on my own.
Old     (gotboost)      Join Date: Jun 2007       04-03-2010, 1:14 PM Reply   
Are you guys that are using the Driven products using their quick spray water spot remover every time you pull the boat out of the water? I'm assuming if I continue to use a mixture of vinegar and water after waxing the boat it will just remove the wax.
Old     (unclejessie)      Join Date: Jan 2004       04-03-2010, 1:50 PM Reply   
yes, vinegar and water removes the wax. I haven't used the Driven Water Spot remover after each time out but I am thinking of starting to do that this summer. My buddy does and his black boat always looks good.

Old     (ethan31)      Join Date: Jun 2007       04-03-2010, 7:43 PM Reply   
Here are the results.
The meguires seems pretty good.

Last edited by ethan31; 04-03-2010 at 7:48 PM.
Old     (bremsen)      Join Date: Aug 2005       04-04-2010, 5:41 AM Reply   
Originally Posted by el1070 View Post
david pierce, want kind of sealant does your guy use?
I use Klasse H/G sealant glaze on all my cars and have been extremely happy with the results. It seams to last forever when compared to normal waxes. I'm going to try it on the boat next go around.


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