to make that boat deck look shiney-new, right?
Try a product called Penetrol.
test has been completed.)
I was considering
the job of putting a protective wax coating on the deck areas, by using
Weather Wax, Turtle Wax, or Nu-Finish. Each is good
and would likely last a year, even in the Florida sunshine. However,
they all share a common fault. Wax on, wax off. Doing something twice
in the sunshine here is just plain crazy.
I read, in a magazine
or web site page somewhere, about an experienced boat owner's once-a-year
system for using Penetrol. This is a liquid product that leaves a coating
that behaves similar to Thompson's Waterseal. However, it dries
much quicker based on my experience with Thompson's.
This project requires the use of flammable materials and may harm you.
Use adequate safety procedures and protective gear.
Job Part "A",
prep the surface:
- Scotch Brite
pad (mine had a sponge on the back)
cleanser (safe for plastic tubs)
- Water hose
Job Part "B",
seal the surface:
- Penetrol, 1 Qt
- White rag, washcloth
size terrycloth, disposable (3 or 4 rags is good)
Wash the deck surface with the non-abrasive cleanser. If you have a
dull and powdery surface, use the Scotch Brite pad on it with the cleanser.
If your surface is still shiny or new looking, or you cringe at the
thought, then just use a sponge or cloth. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
After the surface dries, apply the Penetrol with the soft cloth.
Resist the urge to pour the Penetrol on the surface. Soak the
rag center instead, and apply in circular motions (wax on) while keeping
the rag wet. Do not be stingy with the Penetrol because you will
get poor coverage on the first coat. I put two coats on a 20-foot sailboat
with a cabin, andstill had plenty for touchup work.
Plan your route of escape and do not paint yourself into a corner, so
to speak. Do not walk on the coated surface! I did, with sneakers, and
had to remove the shoe prints the next day. Although the can says thin
with Mineral Spirits, I found Denatured Alcohol could remove the footprints
and dried quickly.
I waited until the next day to apply a second coat so the surface would
be reasonably hardened. Dust off the surfaces and apply the second coat
the same as the first.
Do not forget that the dull surface provided some traction when wet.
The job went much quicker than I expected. It was like putting on liquid
car wax, without having to remove the haze (no wax off).
The finished result
was much better than I expected. It worked wonders with the upper surfaces
of my 1981 Mirage 5.5 sailboat and rain water actually beaded up on
the deck surfaces. The deck also reverted back to its original color,
a rich darker eggshell white. As the surface of the coating ages in
the weather, I will give periodic reports on how it looks.
27 Feb 2003
Discovered an interesting
aspect of Penetrol. It is a lot more like Thompson's Waterseal
than I thought! After about two weeks, the boat looked DIRTIER THAN
I had EVER seen it. When I wiped it off with my hand, it appeared the
dirt was stuck to the surface coating I had completed two weeks earlier.
The Penetrol must have still been soft for a while. I guess not all
good ideas are brilliant ones.
I used soft scrub
cleanser and my Sponge-Scotch Brite combo pad to see if I could
remove the dirt. It came off easier than I expected, but the water did
not bead up as it had previously done. Round two goes to the boat.
I guess I now have
to see if it is a dirt-magnet again. If so, I will scrub it good with
regular cleanser and the Scotch Brite, and then give it a coat of Nu-Finish.
This is probably what I should have done in the first place.
29 March 2003
Well... I was able
to recover nicely from the Dirtier Than Ever fiasco. I decided to AJAX
it, actually Soft Scrub it, with a sponge and was able to remove
the dirt much easier than I thought. I did not even have to wax the
surface. The shine apparently survived the cleaning. Now I get to see
how long it actually lasts.
9 April 2003
How long it actually
lasts? In Florida, apparently not a whole year. My last observation,
after a good water hose rinse, detected large areas where the Penetrol
had disappeared. In 6 months, half of the shine was gone, but unfortunately
not evenly. I would now question its effectiveness as a crack sealer
where the hardware stresses the deck areas.
I would rate this
product as "average", and not suitable for long-term (one
year of more) protection in the brutal Florida sun.
13 Nov 2003