How To Restore Shine To A Fiberglass Boat

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Contrary to popular belief, the shine on your boat does not come from within. In fact, it comes
from taking care of one of the most important parts of your boat’s appearance:
its fiberglass. And taking care of fiberglass is about more than preventing bad
things from accumulating—it’s also about knowing how to restore your fiberglass
when something does go wrong. To help you out, here are a few tips on how to
restore shine to a fiberglass boat.

Restoring Shine Without
Removing The Gel Coat

One of the most important things to remember with fiberglass
isn’t the material itself, but often the gel coat on the surface. The gel coat
is a protective coating that helps balance the finish of the fiberglass while
offering it long-term protection from marine and sun damage. In short, you
don’t want the gel coat to get harmed, as replacing it can be a tedious
process. Instead, you’ll want to use boat restoration products designed
specifically to deal with boat fiberglass.

Remove Oxidation &
Stains With The Right Products

Speaking of products designed specifically for fiberglass,
let’s talk about Fiberglass
Rubbing Compound
. Why is it better than an ordinary cleaner? You’ll find
that this compound accomplishes a number of things, including:

  • Minimizing
    gel coat damage.
    Because this is a very fine formula specifically created
    for boat fiberglass, it will do no damage to the gel coat while still
    giving you the cleaning strength you need to eliminate stains.
  • Removing
    oxidation and stains.
    Preventing oxidation at its source is one of the most
    important ways to restore the shine to your fiberglass boat. If you can’t
    handle rust, then the rust takes over. Nipping it in the bud is the best way to
    ensure a long-lasting shine.
  • Preparing
    the surface for waxing.
    An additional layer of wax after cleaning will help restore the luster of your boat’s original
    look and shine. But the benefits don’t stop there. With the right wax and
    polish, you can protect your boat from sun damage for years to come.

Polish And Wax—Not One Or The Other

One of the little-known tips in the fiberglass world is that
it’s possible to make quick work of your boat when it comes to waxing and
polishing—and you can do them both at approximately the same time to extend the
life of your wax. We recommend using the following items:

  • PolyShine:
    You can buff it in either by hand or with a power buffer—the results will be
    good either way. Used in conjunction with Life Wax, you’ll find you’ll have a
    coat of wax that can last years.
  • Life
    Wax
    : Think of Life Wax as the other lead singer in this band. Pair the two
    together and you have a recipe for a long-lasting shine and protection for your boat’s fiberglass.

Want more strategies for restoring the luster of your
fiberglass finish? Then browse all the boat polish,
compounds, and waxes
we have to offer here at BoatLife.

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