Case Study
This Two-Tone is Now Twice as Pretty
'Four Winns' Restores Luster with Ceramic Boat Coating


Tim Simms has owned his 23' Four Winns since he bought it new in 1992. Naturally over the course of 25 years the two-toned hull has lost its original luster, giving the boat a dull and faded look. Upon researching for a solution, Tim learned about the advantages of using ceramic boat coating for a hull restoration.

Four Winns
Tim Simms

Restore the original red and white hull bringing back the original gloss and shine.

This is a problem that every owner of an aging boat has experienced, and standard wax products will not solve this problem. Ceramic boat coating is the perfect product to help restore the gloss and shine of older boats, bringing back that show room finish! Utilizing Glidecoat’s Nano Technology, the ceramic boat coating can fill in the pours of old gel coat, creating a smooth hydrophobic surface, while also restoring the original color of the hull. Once cured, Glidecoat Liquid Crystal creates a diamond hard barrier, bonding with the gel coat.

The Process

Before beginning the steps to restore his boat, Tim used a Gloss Meter to measure the amount of gloss and reflection of the surface. These readings averaged 26 around various areas on the hull.

The boat was then washed with Glidecoat Nano Wash, which is a high foam, non-abrasive soap. After washing, rinsing, and drying the boat, Tim began to compound the hull with Glidecoat Nano Compound – a medium cut. With the use of a dual action buffer, a medium cut foam pad, and the Glidecoat Nano Compound, the surface of the hull started to show some signs of life!

After compounding the entire hull, removing oxidization and surface marks, Tim then used Glidecoat Nano Polish. With the use of a dual action buffer and a foam finishing pad, Glidecoat Nano Polish started to restore the shine of this old boat.

After polishing, Glidecoat Surface Wipe was used to de-contaminate the surface, removing any leftover residue from the compound and polishing.

The last and final step was the application of Glidecoat Liquid Crystal. Tim applied the Liquid Crystal to the entire hull (waterline and up) twice, allowing the product to add further shine and gloss while also sealing the surface for up to 2 years, making it hydrophobic and providing much needed UV protection. After completing all the steps and applying Glidecoat Liquid Crystal, the Gloss meter readings went from an average of 26 all the way up to an average reading of 88. Note factory new readings average 80-85.

Oxidized and faded red and white color on boat
Faded and oxidized red and white hull on the Four Winns
Faded and oxidized red and white hull color on boat
Faded and oxidized red and white hull on the Four Winns
The Result