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  • Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

    I am ready to wax the sparkle finish on my fiberglass bass boat and wonder if I really have to buy marine wax or can I use what I have for my car, to wit: Turtle Wax


  • #2
    Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

    Others have and will disagree but consumer reports loves turtle wax. It's all I use on my cars and my aluminum boat. Mine shines at least as well as everybody else's.

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    • #3
      Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

      You can use almost any wax, but fiberglass should shine before the wax is applied. The wax is nothing more than a protectant. Alot of your marine waxes have more spf protection in them. cars have a clear coat, its a different animal totally.

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      • #4
        Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

        Turtle Wax
        Hard Shell Car Wax

        Promises: Hard shell lasting up to 12 months
        We don’t ordinarily fear using auto wax on boats, but a neutral color or no dye in the wax would be a smarter choice for Turtle Wax, even if that’s inconsistent with its marketing mechanisms, i.e. green like a turtle.
        Results: Its high luster saved it from the dismally low score it should have gotten. It tinted the white gelcoat green, completely negating the cost/shine benefit factor by doing so.
        BoatingLAB Tests: Waxes | Boating Magazine
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        • #5
          Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

          Thanks for the info dingbat, great reference and chriscraft254: I checked out your restoration. Wow, great job.

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          • #6
            Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

            I should have specified that their hard Carnuba wax was the good stuff, it has no green tint or other colors added. That liquid crap is over priced and designed for people to over apply it.

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            • #7
              Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

              Dont use Wax on Gelcoat .. use a sealer. Gel is too porous for wax.

              AwlCare by Awlgrip makes some good stuff. There is a Miqures product that works good .. something like x2 or something.

              Just IMHO .. ( and experience ).

              YD.
              Iboats Helper

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              • #8
                Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                My Dad would use nothing but Simonize. A little old fashioned, good in its day, but far surpassed today by better chemistry.

                I used Turtle for years on everything. Again, good in its day but old fashioned now.

                Today, IMHO, nothing is better than even the cheapest product put out by Mcguires.
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                1960 Mulray 100 Dinghy, equipped with Beaver Oars
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                • #9
                  Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                  Meguiars has some really good products. The way I judge Meguiars products is if they sell it at Pep Boys, it's not their best products. They hide their best products and locally sell them at auto paint stores or online to pro detailers. I would buff out the gel coat first with a mild polish to get the surface shiny and then put a good coat of wax on it.

                  I use old school hard paste waxes that don't have any special stuff in them and that seems to provide the longest lasting results for me. I put on such a thin coat, that taking of the haze is very quick. As someone noted before, people buy liquid wax thinking it's easier and they put too much on using the old theory that more is better, but with wax, less is more. Then they spend a lot more time getting the thick haze off. No time saved.
                  just use the old nut...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                    Originally posted by Bob1944 View Post
                    Thanks for the info dingbat, great reference and chriscraft254: I checked out your restoration. Wow, great job.
                    Thanks Man, if were voting for our favorites, I would look into the Triple XXX woody's paste wax, it has served me well. And the boating test lab people had the directions totally wrong also on the woodys wax in the bottle, it isn't left on, it is coated for up to 24 hours on metal, then wiped clean. Its great on the non skid surfaces, but again the direction have to be followed closely, but it works fantastic on non skid surfaces. I would not recommend the stuff in the bottle for smooth gelcoat, just the Tripple XXX.

                    Woody's products are expensive, but there Triple XXX lasts for what seems like forever and goes a long way as well.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                      Originally posted by chriscraft254 View Post
                      And the boating test lab people had the directions totally wrong also on the woodys wax in the bottle, it isn't left on, it is coated for up to 24 hours on metal, then wiped clean. Its great on the non skid surfaces, but again the direction have to be followed closely, but it works fantastic on non skid surfaces.
                      Woody wax is good stuff but way over priced. Fluid fillm is the same stuff, half the price

                      FWIW: I'm a Colinite #885 Paste wax type of guy
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                      • #12
                        Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                        Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                        Woody wax is good stuff but way over priced. Fluid fillm is the same stuff, half the price

                        FWIW: I'm a Colinite #885 Paste wax type of guy
                        Fluid film? Never heard of it, will have to investigate, though I usually stick to something if it works well. The woodys is pricey, but like I said, it last along time. Never have used collinite but heard many times it is very good.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                          3M
                          products made for Gelcoat
                          heavy compound, light compound, 2 different polishes, then the wax

                          Harry

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                          • #14
                            Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                            As a car detailer, their is a difference, Boats are much harder surface and need to be worked in. I have been using McGuires boat stuff lately (in the blue bottle). and following it up with frequent applications of 303 on the topside after I wash it down. The wax on the hull sides heal up all season and beaded water all the time. Car stuff on boats looks OK but doesnt last.
                            I havent become good at Sealent on boats yet, but might try it.
                            -Chris
                            1999 Wellcraft Excalibur 20' 5.7Merc /A1
                            1997 Stingray 190RS/ 3.0L Merc --- SOLD
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                            • #15
                              Re: Marine wax/polish vs Turtle Wax

                              Originally posted by gtochris View Post
                              Car stuff on boats looks OK but doesnt last.
                              That hasn't been my experience. No worse service than a winter climate with salt and sand on the roads. If it lasts on my car it usually lasts longer on my boat.

                              I used to be happy with 6 months on a car. Maybe only 3 months in the winter. But Mcguires lasts me a whole year on the car.
                              2009 Starcraft 14' FLSS & Yamaha 25
                              2005 SeaDoo GTX 4-Tec 155
                              1984 Stingray SVB190SS & Mercruiser 3.0 Liter 140
                              1964 Sea Nymph 14R & 1970 Evinrude Sportwin 9.5
                              1960 Mulray 100 Dinghy, equipped with Beaver Oars
                              1952 Lyman 15' Mid Steer & Evinrude Big Twin 25
                              63 Outboards: 1919-2008, representing 11 manufacturers
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