There’s a reason that when something looks good, they call
it “polished.” For boat hulls in particular, the polished look restores a boat
to its original luster and shine, making it look brand-new. But is polishing as
simple as buying polish and buffing it on? That depends on the products you’re
using and the techniques you employ. We’ve put together some of our favorite
boat hull polish products and tips so you can give your boat a fresh look that
Boat Hull Polish
It all starts with the quality of the products you’re using.
Here are a few of our favorite recommendations:
We recommend two types of waxes—a general wax for most hulls and a specialty
wax for boats that have unique graphics. Try our
LifeWax for the former and Graphix Wax for the
- Polish. PolyShine is a liquid
polish that should be your go-to for boat polishing. It can also be used on
chrome and stainless steel hardware around your boat to ensure they really
“pop.” And because PolyShine works just as well when buffing by hand or with a
power buffer, you’re free to choose your polishing experience. The best part:
combined with LifeWax, this polish could last up to three years.
works great if your hull’s discoloration has become too
noticeable. Use this first to give your boat hull a quick pick-me-up. Once the
proverbial dust has settled from a color restoration, apply polish and finish
with a coat of wax.
is ideal for fixing oxidation and staining on a spot
basis. And since the compound will prepare the hull for waxing, you can even
use this rubbing compound the same weekend that you wax your boat hull.
Armed with the right products, half the battle is over. But
there’s still a critical step: buffing your boat.
Buffing Your Boat
When it comes to buffing, the overwhelming favorite of boat
owners is the power buffer. While polishing a car by hand is a favorite amongst
enthusiasts, the simple fact with boats is that the hull has a
large surface area. Buffing it all by
hand is sometimes simply impractical.
You can rent a power buffer from an equipment rental shop,
employ your PolyShine, and buff out the polish in tight, efficient circles.
This does a spectacular job of incorporating the polish, and gives your hull
the thorough treatment it needs to perform its best.
Be sure to use safety goggles—just in case some debris gets
caught by the buffer—and take your time. This isn’t a race. The goal here is to
enjoy a little bit of boat care while ending up with a properly-polished boat
hull. Once waxed, your boat hull will be ready to take on sun and water for
years to come—unless you like polishing your hull so much you decide to do it
all again next year!