Buffing your boat is key part of maintenance to keep a
high-quality look over time. But buffing can be difficult. It can be
time-consuming. It comes with its own set of techniques, and you’ll want to use
them if you’re going to make quick work of your boat hull. To make things
easier for you, here are a few boat buffing tips and tricks we’ve found to
Rent a Power-Buffer
This is admittedly the “oldest trick in the book,” but for
some boats, it might be essential. A power buffer will help you make quick work
of polish, allowing you to cover much more space in a shorter amount of time.
Unless you want to spend hours and hours on end buffing a large boat or
shelling out money for others to do the same, a power buffer can be a
relatively frugal investment that leaves your boat looking cleanly polished. One
bonus tip: try to find a power buffer with varying speeds so that you can apply
different pressure to different areas of the boat.
If you’re not working on a clean surface, just about
anything you do to your boat’s hull will be less effective. If possible, it’s
best to work on a clean, rinsed, and thoroughly dried surface so that the hull
is as fresh as it can be. At the very least, work to remove the obvious debris
and dust that tends to collect over time so you’re working with a smooth hull. Cleaning
your hull also removes salt residue, for example, that may be more difficult to
see. Even if your hull appears clean, make sure to wash it and hose it down
before letting it dry. We recommend our dedicated
Boat Cleaner to help you
make quick work of this task.
Use Newer Buffing
A quality boat buffing job is only as good as the buff pad
you’re using. If you notice that your pad is old and doesn’t have the same
texture it once did, you can secure a new pad for cheap at a local hardware
store. This is one small change that will add up to a better overall
boat polish. And
since your polish should last you a long time, it can be worth the extra few
minutes it takes to secure a new buff pad.
This boat buffing tip applies to the hull at large—not
smaller areas that might need different pressure. The idea here is to move in
small, moderate-pressure strokes. But you don’t want to buff too strong in one
area and simply gloss over another. Instead, try to keep your strokes the same
size while moving at a consistent speed throughout. Buffing your boat is all
about creating a smooth texture, after all—and that means consistency and
patience are virtues.
Use the Right
Boat buffing doesn’t have to be an intensive chore—not if
you use the right equipment and techniques. And it doesn’t hurt to have a
couple of great products, either.
PolyShine is a fantastic
boat polish that can last years when used in combination with
Life Wax. If you
don’t like buffing, it doesn’t hurt to have a solution that will last you as
long as possible!