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Old 27-03-2016, 17:21   #1
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Poli Glow

Looking for direct experiences with Poli Glow. I've done a web and CF search and read reviews etc. and it seems they are mostly positive and the negatives appear to be from poor application or poor maintenance of the coating (not reapplying early enough).

What I am NOT looking for is a bunch of "only wax will work" posts. Due to various reasons waxing is completely out of the possibility for me this year.

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Old 27-03-2016, 17:30   #2
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Re: Poli Glow


We used PolyGlow (probably the same stuff). It's two parts, first a wash, then the polymeric finish coat. The gelcoat was 16 yrs. old, or older, and it did well. It would typically be quite good in the beginning, and then, like wax, be not so good towards the end of the year. We never did intermediate re-coatings, but put on as thick as we could, following the instructions. Definitely a product.

I believe something similar (not available to us at the time), was called TSRW (for "This Stuff Really Works"), may still available Stateside, as well.


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Old 27-03-2016, 18:07   #3
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Re: Poli Glow

It worked pretty well for us in the tropics. It doesn't like fenders, diesel or gasoline. We use ammonia based cleaners (ZEP floor stripper) and oxalic acid to remove stains before re-coat. It does go on easy. We are back in the Great Lakes and probably will return to compound and wax, which does shine even better...

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Old 27-03-2016, 19:06   #4
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Re: Poli Glow

Have used for many years, makes my 30 year beige gelcoat look like new.
As above, I also like to apply heavy (many coats) which go on and dry extremely
fast and easy and then remove annually. Stripping off isn't as easy as applying but not
Primary reason I use is that I don't have to wear out gelcoat by compounding.
But must be clean surface without oxidation before applying.
Agree fenders will wear surface and bow wave will aslo wear after say 300/400 miles.
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Old 27-03-2016, 19:28   #5
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Re: Poli Glow

I've used household "Mop and Glo" or similar brand stuff on the decks.
Easy to apply, 2 or 3 coats, fast shine, lasts 6 months looking well, can re-apply anytime and strips easily with ammonia.
Apply with a sponge. Bird poop comes right off with just water hose pressure.
Not slippery either.
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Old 28-03-2016, 18:26   #6
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Re: Poli Glow

I removed poliglow from our boat when we bought it (previous owner install). It was not a good experience. In fact, on a future purchase, if the owner used poliglow, I wouldn't buy it unless it was a really good deal.

If your gelcoat is good and takes wax well, I personally wouldn't use it. That said, if mine gets to the point where I run the risk of it getting thin by buffing and waxing, I wouldn't hesitate to use it. I have a friend down at the marina that just uses floor wax on his boat. Not my cup of tea, but it looked decent all season.

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