October 23, 2017

Case Study “SeaVee”


The 2003, 29-foot SeaVee had been sitting at the same dock in South Florida for 13 years, facing north with the starboard side facing the dock, and the port side ex-posed to Florida’s unrelenting sunshine. It is used primarily for fishing and cruising in South Florida waters two to three times a month. The boat was not on a regular detailing schedule and had not shown a luster for more than four years. A diver did dive monthly on the boat to clean the props, running gear and hull, but beyond that there had been little maintenance. There was rust and other staining on both sides of the hull and top sides. The stainless-steel engine room vents had rust stains going down both sides of the hull. The hull also had scaling and hard water spots towards the bow. The topsides had areas of tree sap staining and also areas of fish blood stains.

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Pompano Beach, FL

Given the port side of the boat was exposed to the intense Florida sun, day in and day out, that side of the boat was almost white in color, versus the original yellow. The challenge, restore the original color, bring back a degree of gloss and shine and apply a nano protective coating.

The owner was seriously looking at painting the boat but the cost was prohibitive, given quotes of almost $10,000.

Yellow stains and oxidization on the hull of a SeaVee
That side of the boat was almost white in color, versus the original yellow.
The Process

Glidecoat preparation - We began the restoration by applying a wash of heavy degreaser. Given the heavy staining, we also applied an acid wash, which we normally refrain from using as this makes the gel coat even more porous.

The Glidecoat application is a nano protective coating, providing a glass-like finish, so we needed not only to clean the surface, but also to make it as consistent as possible. Once Glidecoat is applied, it will lock down the surface and can only be removed through abrasion. The boat was washed with Nano Wash, leaving a surface that was completely clean and ready for the next step.

Glidecoat’s Nano Compound was then used to begin the process of restoring the gel coat. The Nano Technology provides an advantage over other compounds as it is able to penetrate deeply into the gel coat. A Dual Action Polisher was used with foam pads designed to enhance the cutting action of the compound to improve the result, but this step also cut the amount of time needed, compared to a traditional buffer and wool pad. Even at this stage, we could see the surface transforming with the color and luster beginning to return.

The chalky areas were buffed to a shine and the surface felt smooth and looked shiny. The next step in the process was to use Nano Polish. This product is unique because it helps to pull out stains that could not be removed with the cleaners and acids in the washing preparation. It also helped to further restore the shine.

Given the compounding and polishing process, we again used the Gloss Meter to take readings in various locations on the boat to see the progress made. Overall readings were now in the 30s and 40s, so clearly the process had made an impact. 

lidecoat Liquid Crystal application - Next came the real transformation. The yellow hull on both sides still had more of a white look than yellow and the depth of the color was not there – yet!

At this point, we used Glidecoat’s Surface Wipe to wipe down all the areas to be coated. This step removes any further contaminants from the gel coat and ensures we are working with a clean surface.

With the surface now fully prepared and consistent, we began the application of Glidecoat’s Top Coating. Using Glidecoat’s application sponge, we applied Glidecoat’s Liquid Crystal to all the smooth surfaces. (Note the product should not be applied to any non-skid surfaces.)

Working in small areas, we did 2-foot by 2-foot sections at a time. The process was easy; we just added several drops of Liquid Crystal onto the application sponge and applied it. The gel coat now looked wet and shiny. Immediately after application, we used a microfiber towel to buff in the Glidecoat Liquid Crystal. It did not require much pressure and you can actually feel the product work into the gel coat.

Instantly we noticed the gel coat’s color start to become bright, deep and look uniform again. The hull really popped with that nice bright yellow, especially where the faded areas had been. The whole boat was starting to transform, bringing back the original luster and color. The application process itself went very quickly and was easy to do. After the initial application, we looked for any missed areas and were able to just apply the Glidecoat Liquid Crystal to those areas and buff. At no point did we experience any ridges or over-lapping of the product. This is especially beneficial if any gel coat work is needed in the future. The affected area can we reap-plied without any issue.

54.3 gloss meter reading on hull of SeaVee
The Gloss Meter readings were 30s and 40s after compounding and polishing.
92.4 gloss meter reading after Glidecoat boat detailing and nano protective coating application to hull of SeaVee
Now the readings are as high as the 90s with the application of Glidecoat’s nano protective coating.
The Result
The boat looks better than new
The boat’s owner

The finished product - Once finished, you could see a tremendous transformation in the boat. After allowing the coating to cure 8 to12 hours, we again used the Gloss Meter. Now the readings had climbed from the 30s and 40s after compounding and polishing to as high as the 90s with the application of Glidecoat’s Liquid Crystal. The biggest change, however, was not just the shine and color restoration but how the functionality of the boat had changed.

The coating made the boat hydrophobic, so now dirt, salt, and fish blood stayed on top of the surface instead of being absorbed into it, and it was easily removed when rinsed with water.

The boat’s surface beaded up and the water would not stay on the horizontal surfaces. In addition, Glidecoat now created a barrier that would reflect damaging UV rays instead of just dampening them like wax. This finish, which is now more functional, will not need to be waxed. The boat’s owner came to the yard to see the finished product and he was ecstatic. “The boat looks better than new,” he ex-claimed, and given the Gloss Meter readings, it was just that!

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    The product produces a high foam content, which breaks the bond between the dirt film and your boat’s gelcoat or paintwork and lubricates dirt particles minimizing surface abrasion.

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