isinglass vs. strataglass for rolling....(long post)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by CliffA, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    That what I have. Previous owner had it installed.
    Nice stuff, and Plexus cleans it really well.
  2. iBoat Skipper Doug

    iBoat Skipper Doug Active Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
    2003 225 Weekender w/Bravo III drive
    2019 Venture trailer
    5.7 MPI Mercruiser w/Bravo III drive
    Well, I can’t believe this conversation has gone on this long without someone mentioning the most popular isinglass cleaner and protector.

    Endorsed by Consuela, Sailors and Bayliner owners everywhere. I read on one forum a member used it on Isenglass for 25 years with no issue. Other people claim it will harm the isenglass.

    However, I personally rinse the isenglass with water (no detergent), carefully remove any bird droppings with a clean puffy cotton towel then clean the isenglass with Plexus and a clean cotton cloth.

    Last edited: Oct 25, 2018
  3. Shark

    Shark Active Member

    Jun 16, 2020
    Sayville, NY
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L EFI w/Bravo II Drives
    I know this thread goes back two years, but certainly seems like a ton of knowledge here, so hoping for some advice. I recently replaced the front isinglass, and two panels have zippered openings that can be rolled up, to avoid having to take the entire canvas off. We’ve only rolled them up a few times, and they’re both already scratched. Looks like it’s from the plastic rubbing against itself, while we’re cruising. I tried 210 scratch remover and 210 cleaner, but no luck.

    Since these were made specifically to be rolled up, I didn’t expect them to get scratched so easily right away.

    Is there something better (maybe Plexus?), and are we doing something wrong when we roll these up?
  4. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    That is the nature of isenglass when it is rolled up on itself. You could install some Velcro on them and strick them unrolled to the top.
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  5. Shark

    Shark Active Member

    Jun 16, 2020
    Sayville, NY
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L EFI w/Bravo II Drives
    Ok thanks. I was also thinking maybe I could roll it up with a small towel or something in between. I guess everyone who rolls them up just lives with the scratches...weird
  6. superwa

    superwa Active Member

    Jul 27, 2013
    Rhode Island
    2001 Sea Ray Sundancer 380
    Mercruiser horizon 8.1S
    I swivel them back and snap them to the radar arch. No rolling and no storing needed
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  7. marty51

    marty51 Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    Lake Erie west end
    2002 410 Sundancer
    3126 Cats
    We have been using bath towels cut to fit for many years. Carefully done it seems to work quite well.
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  8. Soulshine

    Soulshine Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    I just had a new enclosure made with 40 ga. smoked vinyl (supplier unknown) and fine scratches when rolling up are inevitable it seems. Either fine grit on the outside, the zippers themselves or even your fingernails can scratch.

    An old boater friend of mine just retired the original top on a 2006 Chaparral because the canvas itself was failing. The windows looked amazing however. He used Pledge furniture polish on them and swears by it FWIW.
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  9. Shark

    Shark Active Member

    Jun 16, 2020
    Sayville, NY
    2001 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.0L EFI w/Bravo II Drives
    I think we’ll try this too, thanks Marty

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