Boat Waxing: A Simple Guide for First-Timers

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If you’ve never dedicated an afternoon to boat waxing
before, then you might have plenty of enthusiasm for your boat, but little
know-how. That’s where we come in. Here is a thorough overview to waxing your
new boat…especially if you’re just doing it now for the first time:

Perform a Thorough
Cleaning Before Waxing


Before you wax your boat, you want it to be completely clear
of any surface debris, dirt, and organic materials that tend to pile up when
you’ve been boating a while. Even if you have yet to take your boat out into
the water, something as simple as dirt and dust debris can form up over time.


Here’s what you need to know about cleaning your boat before
a waxing:


  • Keep your
    boat out of the water.
    Park it on a flat surface. A place where you might
    normally wash your car can be handy if you can swing it. Secure your boat to
    the trailer so there’s no unexpected movement.
  • Spray the
    boat down first.
    A pre-rinse will help loosen up debris, doing some of the
    work for you. Go from the top down.
  • Use a
    quality, non-abrasive cleaner for the fiberglass.
    Non-abrasive cleaner
    tends to be better for new boats: we recommend
    Fiberglass Kreme
    Cleaner
    . Scrub thoroughly with a boat brush in order to cover plenty of
    area quickly.
  • Rinse and
    thoroughly dry before moving on.

Choosing the Right
Boat Waxing Products


Next, you’ll apply the wax to the boat. But not before
asking yourself some important questions:what wax to use? If you want to get the most possible life out of this
waxing, we recommend two products:
PolyShine and LifeWax. When using these two
in combination, you should expect the protection to last a good three years
with moderate boating use.

To Power buff or Not
to Power buff?


Applying the wax in even, circular motions, you’ll allow one
section at a time to dry. Now it’s time to buff each section at a time before
moving on so the wax doesn’t get too hard. Here you have two basic options: you
can use a power buffer that will do all of the work for you, or you can save
some money and use some good, old-fashioned elbow grease to buff the wax. The
advantage of the power buffing option is that you’ll have a quick, smooth
finish just about every time. The advantage to the elbow grease method is that
you won’t have to spend a lot of money renting or buying a power buffer, plus using a power buffer without damaging the fiberglass might take some practice.


Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Some boat enthusiasts
simply use a rag or towel and buff as evenly as they can. If you have a larger
boat, this will be very labor-intensive…but then again, if you’re committing an
afternoon to waxing your boat, you might not mind the time outdoors.

Why is It Important
to Wax?


You might think that your boat doesn’t need a wax. It will
just be in water, so it constantly has to be clean, right? Of course not. There
are plenty of opportunities for your boat to add grime over time. And what many
owners forget: the sun. Using a
compound, wax, or boat
polish
with UV protection will ensure that your boat doesn’t succumb to sun
damage as quickly as it can. This won’t only preserve the value of the boat,
but ensure that it’s pretty to look at for years to come.

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