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    Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!


    Here's one of the boats we used for the January Boat Detailing Class this year This is a 24' Edgewater and it's always kept on the water right where you see it BEFORE my class did an full correction and ceramic coating to it.


    Training Boats for the February 2019 Boat Detailing Class at Autogeek in Stuart Florida









    Here's the Test Spot and the results - class took place Saturday, February 9th and Sunday February 10th, 2019.

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    Before each class starts, I first do a Test Spot to each boat to make sure,

    A: The boat can be restored. Pretty easy to see I bring in really bad boats and it's possible for the pigmented gel-coat to be so bad it is past the point of no return - so I test.

    B: To dial in a process that works 100% to create a showroom new finish. Then the class simply duplicates this process to the rest of the boat.


    So here's my Test Spot for the 24' Edge Water




















    And here's the results from the Test Spot





    The ghosting is gone and the results are a rich blue color as good as and in my opinion better than when it left the factory. I say this because most boat manufacturers finish out their boats with wool pads on rotary buffers.



    And here's the FINAL RESULTS from the class!






    Most boats I've seen and worked on have holograms from the factory. The finish on this Edgewater is hologram-free! For this reason it's in better condition now than most factory boats.


    NOW LOOK BELOW TO SEE HOW IT LOOKS TODAY - 8 MONTHS LATER AFTER ALWAYS BEING ON THE WATER.


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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    Continued....


    Here's how she looks today. As I type, it's September 19th, 2019, a little over 8 months later. The owner had it out of the water and brought it by Autogeek just to show me how the ceramic coating is holding up.















    As you can see by the pictures, it was cloudy outside and the hull ANGLES away from the top cap, this made it challenging to capture pictures that show the boat as well as when the boat is in the garage, but I think anyone with two eyeballs can see the gel-coat hull LOOKS GREAT!








    And in case you're NOT a boater and don't know what these results mean after being exposed to DIRECT FLORIDA SUN and river water - this is amazing. Normally, after about 3-4 months if using a traditional boat wax or even boat sealant, the hull would have oxidized and turn back to the chalky white appearance you see in the first pictures.



    Thanks Brian for bringing your boat by Autogeek so I could share the current condition with our forum. The most COMMON QUESTION I get about ceramic coating gel-coat boats is,


    How long will the results last?



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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    That is impressive, Mike.

    I worked on boats for almost 30 years, and I know exactly what you mean about the Gelcoat re-oxidizing. Awesome job on that!

    Oh, and what a boat Brian has. The Edgewater is a GREAT boat.
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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    That is impressive.

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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post

    That is impressive, Mike.

    I worked on boats for almost 30 years, and I know exactly what you mean about the Gelcoat re-oxidizing. Awesome job on that!

    I agree, very impressive but to give due credit where credit is due, my class did the work. I just showed them what to do.



    Quote Originally Posted by Rsurfer View Post

    That is impressive.

    I agree. Very impressive. The owner is just as impressed.


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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    What coating did you use?

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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rsurfer View Post
    What coating did you use?
    I guess it's a boat so it must be a coating from Marine 31, maybe?

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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    This is excellent Mike!

    I have been thinking about getting back into boat detailing and have been wondering about how a ceramic coating will do on a boat.

    This is awesome!

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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    I agree, very impressive but to give due credit where credit is due, my class did the work. I just showed them what to do.









    Yeah, no credit to you at all on this one Mike.
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    Re: Ceramic Coated Gel-coat after 8 months on the water!

    Holy crap, that is jaw-on-the-floor amazing after 8 months. Now you've got me thinking about doing a ceramic on my gel-coat motorhome...

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