What to do about Water Spots

We’ve all been there. Out for a day on the lake with the family and friends, everything is going well until you go to park her for the day. You get her up on the lift and notice hard, ugly water spots all over your exterior.

The lakes in Central Texas have some of the hardest calcium around. That makes those awful spots more prevalent, and more sticky.

If you just leave them there, they can turn into “hard” water spots, where the calcium actually eats away at the gel coat on your boat’s exterior and can cause serious damage that can cost thousands to fix.

Many people take to wiping down their boats after each use, which is the best way to make sure you don’t let those spots set in. But what do you use to wipe her down?

We’ve formulated a Ceramic Infused Water Spot Remover to solve this problem. The formula is designed to eat away at water spots without hurting your gel coat in any way, and the extra layer of Ceramic Coating acts as a protective layer for you as well.

Try yours here and let us know what you think!

Family on the Lake

With kids these days being so busy, it’s hard to carve out any true family time. Between school, sports, clubs and the ever-present phone all vying for attention. How are families supposed to spend any quality time together?

That’s where boats come in. Load the boat up with the whole family, disconnect from the rest of the world and make some memories that you’ll cherish forever.

So many families have adopted this model of quality time that it’s almost more common to see a boat full of kids in life jackets than a boat full of adults with beers. It’s effective, it’s easy, and in Central Texas it’s local.

After the big family weekend on the boat, she may look a little worse for the wear. That’s where we come in. She’ll need to have the chips vacuumed out of the carpet, the windows wiped of sticky prints and the outside wiped down from the calcium in the lake.

Give Boat Beautiful a call and we’ll get her back to looking great! (512) 963-3290

Get your boat ready for summer!

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April 15 means one thing to most Americans: Tax day. But for my family it meant something completely different. April 15 is the first day that the lake is warm enough to swim in! Now obviously this isn’t an exact science, since it’s close to summer temps all year round in Central Texas, but nonetheless April 15 is quickly approaching and you’re going to need to be lake ready.
If your boat has been sitting in the slip, dry stack, or in your backyard for these last few months you should be thinking about what shape it’ll be in come that first day on the lake. No one wants to spend the first day of sunshine and blue skies washing and waxing in preparation for the fun. So, here are some super simple steps to insure that your first lake day goes off without a hitch.

-Start her up
Give your boat a good test start and make sure everything whirrs back to life. Sitting in the slip for 6 to 8 months can drain a battery or inverter easily. Make sure she is all gassed up and ready to roll!

-Look for repairs needed
Give your boat a once-over. You never know if a possum made your cruiser its home for the winter. Look for tears in upholstery, nicks in the gel coat and any oxidation that could have formed while you were away.

-Get her cleaned up
This is the easiest part. Call Boat Beautiful. Our trained technicians will come out to you anywhere in Central Texas to give your boat a full detail. We’re going to Scrub, UV protect, and condition your seats, lift up those seats and clean everything underneath, taking care of all compartments, vacuum all carpeting, clean all chrome and stainless steel, clean your windows, clean tower and bimini (if you have them,) and we will also wash your cover. For the exterior we will asses what she needs and apply a series of compounds and waxes to best bring back your gel coat’s original shine.

-Protect her shine
The best thing you can do to protect your boat’s original shine and make cleaning her up all season a breeze is Ceramic Coating. Ceramic Coating is a nanotechnology that beads and repels water, but most of all will make your boat much easier to maintain. You’ll cut your lake preparation in half if you invest in Ceramic Coating for your vessel, and that means more time on the lake with your friends and family.
Boat maintenance is an ongoing and tedious process. We can eliminate the most difficult parts for you with our detailing and Ceramic Coating services. Give us a call!.

2018 Super Air Nautique G23

This beautiful Reef Blue model with Solar Red accents is owned by the Breedlove family. Their son, Jake Breedlove, is a professional wakesurfer here in the Austin area.

A 6.2L, H6 Direct-Injection engine churning out up to 550 horsepower and 545lb-ft of torque, coupled with 2,850 pounds of sub-floor ballast and the ability to customize your wakesurf waves and wakeboard wakes, the Super Air Nautique G23 stands alone at the top of the wake boat market.

Equipped with the 12.4-inch Linc Panoray screen with intuitive touch-controls, massive and offset from the dash to provide ease of use without having to work around your steering wheel. And let’s not forget the JL Audio sound system that comes standard on this vessel. The G23 is available with the JL Audio M Series Elite stereo package which includes the JL Audio MM100s head unit, 6 JL M-Series speakers throughout the boat, a 10” JL subwoofer and an 8-channel JL amplifier. If you want even more JL marine audio goodness, you can upgrade to Nautique’s M Series Studio Elite package for two 12″ subwoofers and their exclusive JL WaveFront™ technology featuring JL 6.5” M-Series speakers firing through a specially-tuned aperture at the base of the windshield.

Nautique has also seamlessly integrated their Nautique Surf System with WAVEPLATE® technology into the hull of the G23. The NSS allows surfers to switch sides without having to move people around on the boat or change up ballast. Nautique also offers the Nautique Surf Switch so you can change which side the wave is on whenever you’d like.

Whether you’re a professional wakesurfer or just looking for a high-end wakeboat experience to enjoy, you’ll find everything you could need or want in the 2018 Super Air Nautique G23. And if you own one of these gorgeous crafts and it’s in need of some TLC, check us out for a free quote on professional detailing brought straight to your home, garage, or marina!

Ceramic Coating – What It Is, and How It Can Help

What It Is

Let’s start at the beginning; what exactly is a ceramic coating? Well, dear reader, I’m glad you asked. A ceramic coating is a liquid polymer and high-caliber wax alternative. It bonds with a vehicle or boat’s paint to give added protection to it’s surface area. A ceramic coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and can last anywhere from 18-36 months.

Ceramic coatings also bring out a beautiful gloss.

How It Helps

Ceramic coatings have hydrophobic properties, which simply means they repel water more easily. What this means for your vehicle is that mud, dirt, and grime will have a much more difficult time sticking to your paint; that means less scratches and easier cleaning for you.

Ceramic coatings are NOT fully scratch-immune, but they do provide a greater measure of scratch-resistance compared to normal wax coatings. They also provide better resistance against different environmental factors such as dust and dirt blown by winds or kicked up off the pavement, but again, they DO NOT provide 100% protection.

Our technicians are automotive experts and are trained to coat all vehicles, including imports.

Long Story Short

If you’re tired of spending hours and hours every month detailing your vehicle, or sick of using waxes that don’t seem to actually bring out that “better-than-new” shine and gloss, you should check us out Ceramic Coat Texas or click here to receive a free, no-obligations quote for your vehicle!

How To Properly Polish Your Boat

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“Andrew Hayslip, with Boat Beautiful and Ceramic Coat Texas; working on this 2015 Super Air Nautique G21. We just got done fixing some scratches that were along the side from rubbing up against the dock. We want to kind of show you what we did, without sanding, in order to get these out. So we’ll kind of walk you guys through the list of products that we used, and the pads and polisher combinations. We started off with a high-speed rotary polisher (Rupes), a wool pad, and we used Hula Boat Care™ Liquid Compound, Crush. Crush is a diminishing abrasive that gets a great, deep cut into it. After that we went back over [the area] with a high-speed rotary polisher, another wool pad, and we used 400 this time -f rom Menzerna. 400 has a great cut to it, and finishes really well. After that we went back over it with the Rupes 15 and a Lake Country microfiber pad along with 400 as well and we finished it off! I think you guys can see we got some great results, not 100% perfect but we diminished the swirls and didn’t have to go in and wet-sand it all.”

Does your boat’s hull have deep and heavy scratches? Pretty intense swirl marks? In this video we demonstrate the process that we use for gel coat correction in regards to scratches, swirls, and oxidation.

When we were working on this Nautique G21 we encountered an awful case of dock rash. This happens when the boat rubs up against the dock too many times and leaves some heavy scratches in the gel coat.

Andrew shows you how he tackled this issue. He demonstrates the tools he’s using, the compounds (including our favorite Hula Boat Care), the types of machine pads and the order that he went in to get these incredible results. What do you think?

A Moomba LSV Detailed & Cleaned

A Moomba LSV Detailed & Cleaned

Haven’t seen one of these in a while. It’s a Moomba LSV! it’s a cool boat, but certain was even cooler after our crew rolled up their sleeves and went to work.

For this particular undertaking we did quite a bit of work on the interior. Let’s face it, and especially once you see the video you’ll see that she was quite dirty.

We cleaned and conditioned the vinyl seats. For this we use an all purpose cleaner that also conditions. It’s a nice combo and we’re quite fond of it. But before we could do this we had to rid the surfaces of any mold or mildew. This is quite common, since, well — boats get wet!

We also vacuumed and cleaned around the cup holders and we certainly made sure that all storage compartments would pass the test. 

The windows were also taken care of and the hull was polished, but prior to this we had power-washed and scrubbed the exterior to prime the surface first.

The final result had this Moomba looking light years beyond where she started at.

Tige Z1 Boat Cleaning

Tige Z1 Boat Cleaning

Recently we had a Tige z1 come through our shop. This boat is equipped with a Wet Sounds audio system and the legendary TAPS Surf System (Tige Adjustable Performance System); which gives you full control over the list, yaw, draw and the overall wake control. This boat is a wake boarder’s dream!

Now it was time for us to step in and do-what-we-do. An in-depth boat cleaning was in store first, so we set to work power washing the cover, steam cleaning the exterior, cleaning down the vinyl throughout the interior of the Tige with an all-purpose cleaner and then cleaning the tower and bimini. Next, we vacuumed every, little crevice and compartment and conditioned the vinyl to keep it hydrated and fresh.

Overall the work was very satisfying and it’s always a sight to behold when you get these boats, like the Tige Z1 out into the open and into the sunlight. They just gleam brighter than the sun!

Detailing a Supra SA350

Detailing a Supra SA350

This 2013 SA350 powered by a 57MR V8 motor is just killer looking. It’s got attitude and a very pleasing design to it and the interior is comfortable, accommodating and attractive. You can’t beat that.

We did quite a bit of work on this boat during the detailing process. The hull was scrubbed and hand-washed first. Then we cleaned all of the interior vinyl and made sure that any cushions were cleaned up to standards.

Next we vacuumed out any and all compartments and proceeded with scrubbing the floor. Finally, the tower and bimini were cleaned and we performed a single-stage polish on the exterior.

Detailed Boat Cleaning of an Ultra 2500 Pontoon

Detailed Boat Cleaning of an Ultra 2500 Pontoon

This Pontoon arrived to us in some pretty bad shape, but we see this a lot. Over time the elements of mother nature really have their way with these kinds of boats and the vinyl seating begins to take on mold and stains.

The first thing we did as we worked our way through this pontoon was to power wash the carpet. We really worked on this part and blasted all of the dirt and grossness out of it using a powerful all purpose cleaner. Then we used a carpet extractor to suck up all of the remaining water and moisture.

Then it was time to kill off any mold or mildew as we found it. While we were cleaning this boat we attacked any stains as well. There were a lot of these. There was a lot of scrubbing involved.

Finally we used one of our favorite boat care products. A little beauty called Hula Boat Care which is an all-in-one cleaner and conditioner. We used this on all the vinyl to both clean it and at the same time make it re-hydrated and supple again.

The video really lays out everything that we did and you won’t believe the condition of this boat when you watch it. Lots of good before and after footage that really demonstrates just effective this type of boat cleaning can be.



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