September 24, 2018

Case Study “Billable Hours”

Overview
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Skip recently purchased a brand new 31 Catamaran Center Console from Renaissance Prowler. After making a substantial purchase, Skip started researching to find a professional ceramic coating to help protect his investment.

Skip used the popular boating forum, The Hull Truth, where boat owners across the country share their experiences and feedback about anything and everything related to boating. He came across Glidecoat on The Hull Truth, with several members discussing their positive experiences with our ceramic coating and how it has helped properly protect their boats.

Skip reached out to us directly to have us apply our professional ceramic coating on his 31 Prowler Catamaran at the factory before taking delivery of his new boat.

Model:
Renaissance Prowler
Year:
2018
Length:
31'
Location:
Opa-locka, FL
Challenge
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Glidecoat’s professional ceramic coating is the perfect product for any boat, whether it is used or new. The optimal time to have ceramics applied is when the boat is brand new. The benefits include:

• Preserving and protecting the integrity of new gel coat or paint
• Increasing the factory gloss and shine by at least 15%
• Extending the life of the gel coat or paint
• Reducing maintenance
• Protecting the surface from UV damage
• Greatly reducing the risk oxidization on the surface

70.4 gloss meter reading on the hull of a Prowler 31 before Glidecoat professional ceramic coating application
On the hull of the Prowler 31', the gloss meter readings registered at 70.4 before we started the professional ceramic coating process.
Starboard of 31' Prowler sitting on a trailer at the manufacturers facility
Before starting the professional ceramic coating process, you can see the shine of the hull and the baby blue color. The owner wants to boost the shine and maintain that gloss moving forward!
The Process
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With our professional ceramic coating application process, the preparation is key! The coating is designed to enhance and protect the surface to which it is applied, so the boat must be prepped to the best condition possible.

The boat was due to be delivered to the client and remained at the manufacturer's facility in Opa-locka, FL. Considering the facility is fully operational with dust and other particles in the air, the first step was to wash the entire boat with Nano Wash, and remove any dirt from the surface before polishing.

Once the hull was completely washed and dried, we then started the process of polishing the hull and topside to increase the gloss meter readings.

We then polished all flat fiberglass surfaces, both on the hull and the topside. This step was necessary to remove any residual mold release wax, while eliminating any surface imperfections and improving the shine. Immediately prior to applying Glidecoat’s professional ceramic coating, we used our Surface Wipe to decontaminate the surface.

Diagram with four steps to show the entire restoration process including wash & prep, surface restoration, surface preparation and coating application
The Glidecoat Professional Coating is a five stage process completed by our certified applicators in a controlled environment. After an initial assessment of the boat, we get started washing and preparing the boat and carefully apply the exclusive line of Glidecoat products. The Professional Coating process completely restores your boat’s surface and offers the ultimate protection available.

Now comes the real transformation.

We start by pouring a dime sized amount of our professional ceramic coating onto the red application sponge. Working in 2’ by 2’ sections, we apply our coating onto the surface. When applied the surface will appear to be “sweating”, we then buff the area with a clean microfiber cloth, working the coating into the pores while removing any excess liquid from the surface. This process is completed across the entire boat. Once the first coat is completed, we repeat this step and apply a second coat of the professional ceramic coating.

The Result
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The boat looks awesome! Thank you!!!"

Once the coating had fully cured, between 8-12 hours, the result is nothing short of amazing - 90.6! At the beginning of the Glidecoat process readings registered 70.4.

The gloss and shine increased by nearly 25% from factory new readings!

90.6 gloss meter reading on the hull of a brand new 31 Prowler with Glidecoat ceramic coating application

After allowing the coating to cure 8-12 hours we again used the gloss meter. Now readings had climbed from the 70.4 to 90.6 after completing the four (4) step process and applying our professional ceramic coating.

Billable Hours Boat Sitting On Trailer at Prowler Manufacturing Facility

Our professional ceramic coating will protect the boat for 18 months here in South Florida! Enjoy Skip!!

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