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Old 10-09-2020, 07:06 PM
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Default Ceramic on boat vs wax question

I know this was raised before on trucks and turned into a little about boats however more specific how many of you;

Have used it on a boat glass or aluminum

Was it worth it

Did you do it yourself or have it done ?

Last year when I was putting the boat up had it detailed which include buff and wax. Just before he was ready to wax he hit me with the ceramic and wanted $600.00 extra. He showed me he bottle and said it would take him about an hour and I passed not knowing much about it. He told me this small bottle was a lot of money so I googled it. I don't remember what it was called have to search for the picture but it was not all that expensive. I know he will hit me again this year with the option. The water stains on the glass are not my favorite things to see especially when I don't have time or way to rinse down. Wondering of ceramic helps.
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Ceramic helps greatly with water spots.

However, you do not have to pay a lot of money for a ceramic coating. Shop around and you can find some much much less expensive ceramic coatings that work very well indeed.

https://www.glidecoat.com/case-study...for-your-boat/

Be safe

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Old 10-10-2020, 06:09 AM
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I put a ceramic coating on my truck myself. It's a pretty simple application. What I like about it is you can put it on any hard surface and it looks great! I used this one which is pretty inexpensive and easy to use. https://avalonking.com/ref/amasson/
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Save yourself a TON of bait money and just use this when you first pull the boat out and it's still wet at the launch.

https://www.amazon.com/Turtle-Wax-53...1ZSM0V6BQVX8RW
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Bobby,
Your suggestion is fine.

However, for many bodies of water, you really do NOT want to wax or ceramic coat a boat right after pulling it out of the water from a fishing trip.

In a word, many boats - when pulled from a body of water, are filthy.

i.e. there may be iron in the water, there may be alge on the surface, there may be hard water deposits, there may be iron deposits, there may be tannic stain deposits on the surface of the boats hull.

Before spending the time and money to put on wax or ceramic, make sure that the surface is microscopically clean.

If you put wax or ceramic on a dirty boat hull, you will have a dirty boat for a very long time.

However, if you use your boat in gin clear soft water with absolutely nothing in the water to affect the clean finish of the boat, go ahead and put the coating on the boat.

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Thanks for all the feedback.

Rew, what I was talking about is right after they detail the boat. Yes I can see how that would trap in all the stains. What they do is wash than strip buff an wax and they want to sell me the ceramic in place of the wax. Seemed that $600 was a lot of money. I found the picture they took it was called XPC3 TEC 580 - Lists for $18.75

Seems like a like a lot of money to just wipe that tuff on the boat after its been washed and buffed. Is there any thing special about the process after the boat is clean that can screw it up if I did it myself.

https://www.cardetailsupplies.com/te...ramic-coating/
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Look at it this way. If you make a mistake it will cost you $20 and some time to do it over again.

You can practice a lot for $600.

There are plenty of videos out there that illustrate the technique to do the work.
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I asked ranger about this and they advised me not to use.
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Look at it this way. If you make a mistake it will cost you $20 and some time to do it over again.

You can practice a lot for $600.

There are plenty of videos out there that illustrate the technique to do the work.
Great Point - Thank you!!!!

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I asked ranger about this and they advised me not to use.
Did they say why ?
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No. They advised just using a good wax.
May be worth another call
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