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Old Yesterday, 07:32 PM
cdjansen cdjansen is offline
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Prevent Fading on the Back of The Boat

I have a 2006 MC X1. It sits on the lift each day and is under a canopy. However, the back of the boat is still exposed to a lot of sunlight and I am concerned about it starting to fade. I know they have 3M products that prevent dinging up the back of the boat with boards and skis but does this also protect from the sun? Any other suggestions to protect it and prevent it from fading?
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Old Yesterday, 08:14 PM
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WakeWise WakeWise is offline
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303 protectant at a minimum.
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Old Yesterday, 08:25 PM
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Waterline fit cover. I don't think you can beat it with a wax or protectant in direct sunlight on the water all day unless you're excessively diligent with keeping it waxed. If it's hard to get to the affected area while it's on the lift then it requires even more dilligence.

If you like your current cover then just get some sunbrella and make a supplemental cover that you can hang on the back and secure to prevent flapping.
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Old Yesterday, 09:42 PM
NHdetailer NHdetailer is offline
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I second the waterline cover. The more of the boat you keep covered the better. Again, the sunbrella is great. I got one from skiboatcovers.com. They were great to deal with and good quality. Need to clean and treat with fabric guard yearly....303 makes a great one. Also, protection on the boat is key. In our detail shop we have used high grade fiberglass sealants and had great success. Need to use one with uv inhibitors, I'm not a fan of wax especially on a dark boat. The melting point of wax is typically lower than sealants and can break down much faster. Just my opinion but. After restoring a lot of marine gel coats I love the sealants!!!!! Much easier and more cost effective to protect it rather than let it go and have to restore.
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Old Yesterday, 10:14 PM
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x3 on the waterline cover. Money we'll spent. Mine is also from skiboatcovers.com
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Old Yesterday, 10:17 PM
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Another good option is to make a drop down cover for the back of the lift. Really seals in the flavor.
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