Boat Care and Detailing Tips: How to Wax Your Boat
February 18, 2013
A boat owner always puts top-notch quality services at the top of his boat care requirements. You will need the help of professional boat detailing specialists from time to time, but you have to be ready to perform some small and easy-to-do tasks in between your detailing appointments to keep your boat looking good for longer.
Have A Regular Schedule
Your boat is exposed to sun, wind, water, and wear all the time, even when it is dry-docked for the winter months. So when was the last time you had it cleaned, detailed, and waxed properly?
Keeping a regular boat detailing schedule will go a long way toward preserving the beauty, functionality, and resell value of your vessel. You or your detailer will be able to spot potential problems that may need immediate action, thereby saving you from having to shell out a huge sum for repair or replacement in case the issue gets worse in the future. You don’t want your boat breaking down in the middle of an important business meeting or family occasion.
Wax Your Boat Properly
A fresh coat of wax can do wonders for any transport vehicle, be it a car, a boat or a motorcycle. Waxing can help preserve your boat’s fibreglass exterior and make it easier for you to do follow-up cleaning on your own. Here’s how you can do a little boat waxing job without the help of your detailer:
- Rinse off the boat. It’s better to use freshwater for any boat cleaning task to lessen the amount of salt and minerals that gets into contact with your vessel. This will also get rid of the sand that may have accumulated in the nooks and crannies of your boat. Even if you’re not going to perform an all-out detailing job, a freshwater bath is still a preventive maintenance measure at the end of the day.
- Clean the exterior with marine soap or any other recommended boat detailer. Standard household cleaners are not boat-friendly, so try to avoid them when shopping for a cleaning product. These contain high-level alkaline that can strip the remaining wax off your hull and potentially damage it further. Work your way from top to bottom, and make sure to pay extra time on the hard water spots on the hull. You can use a vinegar solution to rid of hard water spotting, if your commercial cleaner can’t take care of the problem. Let the entire boat dry completely before applying wax.
- Pick the right wax product for your needs. Light oxidation or rusting can be addressed by cleaner wax, but heavy oxidation requires restorer wax. Assess the condition of your boat’s gel coat to determine which one you need. You can use a soft cloth or sponge to apply the wax manually. For a more even application, an electric buffer may be necessary. Rub in the product completely so that it forms a tough protective layer over the boat’s paintjob. Allow your boat to dry before taking it out for a spin.