Caring for your isinglass

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  1. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    568
    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    This is more of a cautionary tale for boaters who have canvas and isinglass on their boats.

    When we purchased our 2010 450 DA last month one of the major issues it had from a cosmetic standpoint was the isinglass that had been completely ruined by the previous owner. Here is a picture:

    http://amzn.to/1UtEwJP

    Apparently the previous owner had put the isinglass away when it was wet and where the isinglass pieces were touching, then he left it in the aft storage trunk. Needless to say when he retrieved it, the isinglass was partially stuck together, cracked in one panel and scratched beyond repair.

    One of the conditions of sale was to replace the isinglass which was finally done just a couple of weeks ago. Look at the difference:

    http://amzn.to/1Y1fwYG

    We're obviously not going to repeat the previous owners' storage habits but I'm wondering what CSR members are doing to preserve and maintain their isinglass in a pristine/like-new condition. We already know about Plexus for cleaning/polishing it but I'm wondering if storing it flat or rolled is recommended? I'm thinking about purchasing some microfleece or other fabric to layer in between the separate sheets of isinglass. Just wondering what others are doing?

    Thanks!!

    Sandy
     
  2. katricol

    katricol Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 4, 2008
    LONG ISLAND SOUND
    2000 540DA
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    Your idea about microfleece is a good one, some people hang them from a clothes line. I use plexus and lay them flat as you said
     
  3. endless seas

    endless seas Member

    981
    Feb 13, 2008
    Baltimore,Maryland
    1997 450 DA
    Cat 420
    I always cleaned then polished and stored between soft towels flat.
     
  4. bahamabreisus

    bahamabreisus Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hampstead NC
    500 dancer, previous 420,390,300 dancers
    detriot 8v92
    This guy is on a Facebook group we belong to. He makes a canvas wrap to place your panels and then it rolls up for storage. He has a video, but I cant seem to copy the link. stevenhearn02@gmail.com
     
  5. Dieseljeff

    Dieseljeff New Member

    303
    Sep 14, 2013
    Somewhere on the St. Johns River, Florida
    1994 290, 7.4 Bravo, Kohler 4kw
    9.1 Hydro Force dinghy with a Mercury 9.8
    04 Silverado 2500 D/A
    7.4 Mercruiser with Bravo III
    I use pledge with 2x moisturizer every other time I put them away.
    When I take them down DRY, I use old sheets that I cut to fit and roll them individually
    with a cut to fit pool noodle.
    I then store them in my aft cabin.

    Jeff
     
  6. JimT

    JimT Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jul 7, 2009
    Charlotte, NC- LKN
    2010 330 Sundancer
    T-350mags w/BIIIs & Axius, 5.0 kw Kohler
    I use brown packing paper that I get at the UHaul store. Lay sheets of paper between the sections of glass then roll them all up together and wrap the whole package in an old sheet.
     
  7. eweise

    eweise Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    465
    Aug 23, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L 220 HP, Alpha 1 Drives, 5E Genny, AC
    This is how I store mine.
    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
     
  8. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    568
    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Thank you - I'll get in contact with him.

    Sandy
     
  9. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    568
    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
  10. eweise

    eweise Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    465
    Aug 23, 2013
    Jacksonville, FL
    2005 Sea Ray 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3L 220 HP, Alpha 1 Drives, 5E Genny, AC
    I cut the noodles and use fleece fabric from the local fabric store. I used their 40% off coupon.
     
  11. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Pool noodles are great to keep them from folding. Plexus removes the expensive coating from Strataglass and is specifically not recommended (although it gives a short term shine and may be good for old panels that are at the end of life).
     
  12. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Dave, Is this true for all brands or just the Strataglass?
     
  13. sandydlc

    sandydlc Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    568
    Feb 24, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    450 Sundancer 2010
    Cummins 480 HP w/Zeus pod drives
    Wow - I didn't know that. We used Plexus on our other boat but they were older isinglass panels. Which product do you recommend for cleaning?
     
  14. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Pool noodles are a great idea to wrap around - never thought of that.

    I went to walmart and bought some inexpensive sheets - used that to wrap panels in before storing.

    Mark
     
  15. juggernaut1

    juggernaut1 Active Member

    827
    Apr 19, 2015
    Perth, Western Australia
    2006 38 Sundancer
    8.1S / ZF 63V Drives
    Imar products are recommended for strata glass.

    http://www.strataglass.com/strataglass-care-and-maintenance

    Don't handle with sunscreen on your hands either.
     
  16. DjDaoust

    DjDaoust Member

    213
    Nov 4, 2015
    La Crosse, WI
    1998 450 Sundancer - 3 Boys & A Blonde
    Cat 3126's
    Imar Stratoglass cleaner and conditioner for Strato works amazing and smells good too:)
     
  17. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Imar is the way to go. Strataglass and O' Sea are the two main brands. I like O' Sea because sunscreen does not fog it like Strata and the quality control seems better.

    Crystal Clear is made by Strataglass and is just uncoated Strata. Regalite is made by O' Sea and is the uncoated version of O' Sea.

    The coating provides scratch resistance.
     
  18. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    That is a GREAT idea!!!
     
  19. RollerCoastr

    RollerCoastr Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2007
    Cedar Point, OH / Miami, FL / MacRay Harbor, MI
    1997 400DA
    340HP 7.4 Mercruiser Bluewaters
    Garmin 741, 742, 8212, 24HD, Intellian I2
    1999 280BR
    Twin 250HP Merc 350 Alpha Ones
    I'm on-record as strongly doubting Strata's warning about Plexus. (many years of continuous use of Plexus, and the fact that Strata will scratch if a dog scratches an itch 20 feet away anyway....)
     
  20. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
    [​IMG]https://www.fisheriessupply.com/mermaids-cleaning-plexiglass-plastic-cleaner-and-polish

    I have used the Strato product and several others.... this is by far the best product I have found !!
     

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