No matter how new your boat might be, if you don’t take care of it, it’s not going to look its age. Problems like drab old aluminum, rust stains on fiberglass, and old adhesives and sealants can affect a boat’s appearance until it doesn’t resemble its true value. And that’s a shame. Part of the fun of owning a boat is looking good and feeling good while you’re in it.
That’s why we’ve put together five ways to make your boat look new again. No matter how old—or young—your boat might be, there’s always something you can do to take care of it. As long as you have the right equipment, of course.
1.Cleaning and brightening aluminum that’s gone drab.
Aluminum is light, inexpensive, and can look bright and attractive. In other words, it has a lot going for it. One disadvantage? If you don’t take care of it, it might have gone to drabness. It loses its luster over time, having none of the brightness that helped your boat look so new when you first made the purchase. If you want to restore your aluminum to its previous luster, use Aluminum Cleaner. This is a three-in-one product that brightens, polishes, and protects aluminum so you don’t have to worry about that “drab” look ever again.
2. Removing algae, rust, and water stains on fiberglass.
On the whole, fiberglass is attractive and durable—that’s why it’s used so heavily in boats, after all. But that doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to algae growth and rust/water stains over time. If you don’t take care of your fiberglass, your boat’s appearance suffers.
One of the easiest ways to restore fiberglass to its old sheen is to use Fiberglass Powder Cleaner. It’s a simple apply and wipe-off solution for a myriad of fiberglass problems, and it can wash off with either fresh water or salt water.
3. Restoring life to your coat of wax.
It’s every boat owner’s great frustration: applying a coat of wax and looking at your boat in disappointment, unsure if all of your labor has gone completely wasted. For boats that look old but feel new, try Life Wax. Not only will this wax protect your surfaces, but can often remove light oxidation. And since it’s pre-softened, application is easy and not labor-intensive.
4. Getting rid of old adhesives and sealants.
You might be diligent about applying adhesives and sealants to your boat, but when you have too much, it gives the boat the appearance that it’s barely holding together. Release Adhesive & Sealant Remover gets rid of those excess adhesives and sealants and help eliminate that “patched-together” look that prematurely ages your boat.
5. Saying goodbye to mildew once and for all.
Mildew is sometimes more about smell than appearance, but you can’t have a “new” boat with the smell of mildew in the air. Use Mildew Remover, with an easy spray-on bottle, to give your boat the deep-cleaning it deserves. Soap and water can’t cure all problems, after all.