Pledge on outside of boat

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by WIPlayDate, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. WIPlayDate

    WIPlayDate New Member

    50
    May 25, 2009
    Wisconsin
    2007 340
    8.1 Horizon Mercruisers
    O.K., this seem strange so I thought I would get some consensus (or not). We were boating a few weekends ago and had a marina owner tell us that the best way to clean our black hulled boat and keep water spots off it was to use Pledge after washing it. Anyone? :huh:
     
  2. Nehalennia

    Nehalennia Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Marysville, WA
    2001 310DA twin 350 MAGs, Westerbeke 4.5KW
    Twin 350 MAG V-drives
    search polishing or waxing. We've got tons of reading for you. I'd never use pledge.
     
  3. kbarrett

    kbarrett New Member

    31
    May 25, 2009
    Apopka, FL
    260 Sundancer Navmann 5500 GPS
    erc 6.1 Bravo III
    Hi Wiplaydate
    Have a co-worker thay owns a Mercedes SL sport Coupe and the dealer said the same thing. His car is black too.
     
  4. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    I have used Pledge (as a quick "touch up") and Meguiar's Quik wax is much better and easier to use and will last a lot longer.



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  5. WIPlayDate

    WIPlayDate New Member

    50
    May 25, 2009
    Wisconsin
    2007 340
    8.1 Horizon Mercruisers
    Thank you very much! I think I will go pick some Meguiar's Quik wax this evening!
     
  6. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    I would use furniture polish for furniture, not a boat...but that's just me. My concern with regular, long term use would be yellowing on the gelcoat.

    Meguiar's Quik wax is good but I found that it will get white and chalky and hard to remove if it gets wet during the application. I used it all the time on my previous black hulled 240SD.

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  7. Chris R

    Chris R Member

    751
    Mar 17, 2008
    Bloomington, Il - formerly in Gig Harbor, WA
    In between boats, now. Former boat: 2008 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons w/V-drives
    I was amazed how well Quick Wax worked on my black hull. It was back breaking - not because of the product- but I had to lay on my back and side to do it from the sides of the slip. Did the whole hull in about 45 minutes. Looked great for quite a while too.
     
  8. StressAweigh

    StressAweigh New Member

    487
    Jan 11, 2008
    Kent Narrows Maryland
    1997 290 DA
    Twin 4.3 Mercruiser
    Try this works great
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  9. FSUDave

    FSUDave New Member

    48
    May 23, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    2003 320 Sundancer
    Twin 350 MPI V-Drives
    Growing up my dad always used pledge on his eisenglass and they always looked brand new, but never on the fiberglass. I have been using the serious shine for a while on everything, stuff is great, a little expensive but I love it.
     
  10. efizjb

    efizjb Member

    59
    Oct 8, 2007
    Florida
    Boatless
    Boatless
    Do not use pledge on your gel coat or your eisenglass, unless you want them to turn yellow over time.
     
  11. Dave S

    Dave S Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Upstate South Carolina
    Boatless
    Boatless
    If you have Eisengless, you can use 303 Protectorant. I have been using that product for the past 3 years on my 260DA's camper canvas and it works great.

    If you have something other than Eisenglass, such as Stratoglass, use the product the manufacturer recommends or you could damage it.
     
  12. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Another vote here for the Serious Shine. Works on fiberglass, vinyl and regular glass.
     
  13. Go Aweigh2452

    Go Aweigh2452 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Olalla, WA
    its in my signature
    6.2 Horizon MPI w/guardian system
    That is wrong. Been using Pledge on my Eisenglass for many many years on several boats and it always looks good as new. Last boat I had we used it over 10 years with no ill effect.
     
  14. 2lkmead

    2lkmead New Member

    21
    Jan 15, 2007
    Lake Mead, NV
    310 Sundancer 2000
    on a Hydro-Hoist Boat Lift
    Twin 350 Magnums Mercruisers with V-Drives
    A friend of mine used nothing but Pledge on his 290 Sea Ray. Sold it 12 years later with the gel coat still looking close to new.... no yellowing what so ever. This was when pledge was available in a spray bottle which made it really to apply. Unfortunately, I have not seen Pledge in spray bottles in years, only aerosel cans... Much harder to apply and more expensive!
     
  15. whyknot2

    whyknot2 New Member

    8
    Jun 15, 2009
    Western New York
    I've used Prolong Waterless Wash & Shine on my black truck & car for years. They say you can used it on a dirty car but I don't. I use it to remove water spots and it really shines. They even warn you about how slippery it makes any surface you apply it to. I can do my entire truck in 15 minutes. I used it on my boat with great results and it just sprays on and wipes right off (no drying). I don't know how long it will last on a boat but it's so easily applied (and wiped off) that it can be done in no time.
     

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