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​How To Restore Boat Paint

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It’s important that your boat run its best if you want it to feel like new. But what about looking like new? That’s the result of one thing: the quality of your boat paint. Yes, it’s important to take care of your boat upholstery and keeping the entire boat clean. But if your boat paint doesn’t look its best, then your boat won’t, either. While it may be tempting to add a new layer of paint to your boat, you shouldn’t have to do this every time you need to freshen up its look. Instead, you should concentrate on boat paint restoration. Here’s how to restore boat paint with minimal investment.

Understanding Fiberglass & Boat Paint

Restoring boat paint starts with a material that most boat owners are familiar with: fiberglass. Faded fiberglass is often to blame for the faded look of your paint. If you want to restore the exterior, you’re going to have to know what to do about your fiberglass as well. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • Clean first. No amount of polishing or compound will help with your fiberglass and paint if you don’t work with a clean boat. Be sure to clean off your boat with a proper Boat Cleaner, and remove any old adhesives or stickers with Release Adhesive & Sealant Remover.
  • When working with your boat hull, use the right equipment. A power buffer is one of the first tools you’ll see recommended on a wide variety of boating how-to’s. Why? Because there’s a lot of space to cover, and if you don’t have a tool to support that, you’re going to wear out your hands and wrists. Consider investing in a power buffer or rent one from an equipment store to get the job done with ease.
  • Use fiberglass compound. For example, Fiberglass Rubbing Compound is built to restore the quality of your fiberglass, removing oxidation and stains, without affecting the underlying gel coat. If you work with only boat cleaner, you won’t get the same results you need for full restoration.

Buffing the fiberglass compound into the hull will do a lot to restore the quality of the fiberglass and its paint. But how can you prepare your hull to ensure that you don’t need to continually restore its boat paint on a regular basis?

Prepping Boat Paint for the Long Haul

To make sure that your paint maintains its quality, consider investing in the following products:

  • Color Restorer. This will remove oxidation, chalking, and fading without damaging the boat itself. And it will also prepare your boat for waxing.
  • LifeWax or Graphix Wax. Speaking of waxing, these products are a great solution to protect your paint and prevent fading due to UV damage.

Once you know how to restore boat paint, you’ll stand a better chance at maintaining its quality for years. Keep exploring the range of boat cleaning and restoration products here at BoatLIFE today!



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