No comments from the Aluminum guys (aka peanut gallery) that only clean the boat if the wife is going to be on board and does not want to smell dried fish slime and snooze spit. Just kidding I have seen well cared for big aluminum at the docks, just not so much.
What do the fiberglass folks out there do to prep the glass forthe season?
I do the following:
1.) Pressure-wash before I back her into the hangar.
2.) Over the winter I fixed or had serviced the following:
a.) Quart of Stabil in about 75 gallons of gas.
b.) Replaced Anchor light, installed new fixture.
c.)Replaced the macerator pump.
d.)Removed the leaking drainage plug and silicone caulked and reinstalled.
e.) Replaced stressed wiring in the engine compartment.
f.) Chopped off the first 30 ft ofanchor line and spliced to the anchor (yes, I used a tube of superglue to secure the splice).
before I brought her home SHIP in Seward changed oil and all filters.
3.) In the last 30 hrs in April and May worked on the glass,did the following:
a.) Cleaned, enlarged and filled gelcoat nicks and divots … mix up gel coat, use metal pick to fill problem areas,next place cut piece plastic bag over the patch and then tape tight withmasking tape.
b.) Go around and remove as much harbor rash as possible with “magic eraser” I get the cheap Wal-Mart variety.
c.) Spray water mist on the hulland apply the Oxidation Remover and Heavy Duty Cleaner to one side of the hull, use 6”
buffer withfoam pad with some moisture to buff the entire surface. After buffed out use bigcotton towel to remove most of the
cleaning material. Next use microfiber towelto finish the job.
d.) Fiberglass will look good now but you need to apply Carnauba wax to the entire surface with a cloth foam interior cotton
applicator, small circles, do not use too much if you see excess wax spread it out. Let it dry, go have a beer and some snacks,
when it looks a little white come back with a big cotton towel and wipe it off. l then use the big buffer to amp up the shine and
after that pass I go back with a microfiber towel to touch up any missed areas.
Nothing to it but to do it! This girl is 11 years old.