Oxidation Removal 1976 24' REINELL
Updated: Jan 9, 2018
We don't like seeing customers let boats get oxidized. Removing oxidation can be a labor intensive and time consuming task. I have yet to meet anyone that didn't cringe when they're quoted a price to remove the oxidation from their boat.
When you let your boat get oxidized the usual procedure is to use a compound to remove the oxidation. You can't put wax over oxidation. You might get a shine for a couple of days but the chalky stuff is sure to return. I have seen a lot of boat owners get took for their money that way by going with a detailer who is a lot cheaper. There actually isn't a cheap way to remove oxidation. As a boat owner you know how expensive materials can be and the bigger the boat you have it takes more materials and labor; it's a job.
Colored hulls are the hardest to remove oxidation from; especially, if the boat hasn't been detailed in years. Sometimes the only thing you can do is wet-sand. Nobody likes the thought of someone scratching up their gel-coat with 80 grit sand paper. Okay, I exaggerated a little, It's actually not that bad, but you get my point.
Following a regular maintenance routine will keep your boat from getting oxidized and you will never have to worry about a BREAKING OUT ANOTHER THOUSAND for a "restoration."
PROPER MAINTENANCE TO PRESERVE APPEARANCE:
Washing Boat after every use
Waxing twice a year
Checking the bottom (hire a diver/haul-out) make sure to get it inspected!
This 1976 Reinell was in pretty bad shape, as you can see from the picture above, when it first arrived. The blue strip on the hull was chalky white, the gel-coat was scratched in a lot of places and the bottom paint was chipping all over; in fact, after sanding down a few spots on the bottom we discovered their were several blisters.
Sometimes I ask myself why I like taking on difficult detailing jobs. I guess I like a challenge. I get satisfaction when people see their boats after getting it restored and they can't believe their boat could look beautiful again, Often they show their appreciation with a few words I won't repeat but that's the reaction we go for every time we take on job.