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How to Get Rid of Water Spots on Your Boat


Your boat lives in water. It’s going to get a few water
spots, right? Hopefully not. Experienced boat owners know that water spots can
be unsightly and even tiresome to get rid of. But giving your boat the clean,
consistent gloss it needs to look new doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some
tips on how to get rid of water spots.

Keeping a Clean Gel

The condition of your boat’s gel coat is one of the most
important factors here: will it retain water spots or will they be easy to get
rid of? That’s why the most important water spot prevention tip is simply to
keep your boat clean with a dedicated boat cleaner. We recommend
BoatLIFE Boat Cleaner.
To save money, be sure to buy in bulk so that you get the best bang for your
buck over the long haul.

With this dedicated boat cleaner in hand, you can remove
light dirt, water spots, and more—without removing the wax. That’s why a
specialized boat cleaner is recommended over any ordinary soap that can do more
harm to the gelcoat than good. This initial cleaning is a great first step to
ensure that the water spot is not superficial. If it comes off easily, you’re
done. If not, move on to the next step.

Dealing with
Stained-On Water Spots

It’s time to use
Powder Cleaner
. This cleaner is more intense but still offers a gentle
touch thanks to a non-scratching formula. Although it will remove the wax on
the affected area, once the cleaner is removed, it will leave the surface ready
for re-waxing, allowing you to easily restore the gelcoat after you’re finished
getting rid of water spots.

However, if you really want to prepare the surface for a
proper waxing, we recommend a quick polish of your boat’s surface with
PolyShine. The combination
of wax and PolyShine will leave a strong layer of protection that can last up
to three years.

If Your Water Spots
Still Remain

The nastiest and most stubborn water spots should be
eliminated by this point, but sometimes, you need something even stronger.
Rubbing Compound
is as serious as it sounds, getting down into the fiberglass
to remove oxidation and stains. Like the Fiberglass Powder Cleaner, this will
also prepare the surface for waxing.

How to Get Rid of
Water Spots in Two Easy Steps

Whichever product you use, you should stick to these basic

  • Clean off the surface with the appropriate
    cleaner of your choice (see above). If using Boat Cleaner only, skip the
    following steps.
  • Once cleaned, use PolyShine to polish and
    prepare the surface for wax.
  • Wax the affected surface. We recommend LifeWax, the finest marine
    grade past wax available.

Once everything dries, you’ll have a fully restored gelcoat
free of water spot stains. The key? Picking the right products to help you get
rid of water spots with ease.

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