Washing and waxing your boat should be a regular part of any marine
Keeping a vessel clean and waxed helps protect it from the deteriorating
effects of the sun's ultraviolet rays and also helps with fuel efficiency
because a slick hull will glide through the water _ and less drag
means less fuel usage. Hose down the vessel and wash it from top to
bottom, then bow to stern with a quality marine cleaning product before
Apply a premium liquid cream wax. Allow to dry, then use an electric
buffer to remove. You will get the best results:
If you keep the buffer moving so it doesn't heat and harm the
gel coat finish.
Do not turn the buffer so that the edge harms the gel coat.
Do not turn buffer on edge as the edges can cut into the gel
Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions on the washing
product. Thoroughly rinsing the vessel with fresh water and drying
all surfaces well will prevent soap-scum buildup, water spotting
and a dull finish. If you are washing your vessel on a sunny day,
be sure to wash and dry as you move along ... don't wash and rinse
the entire surface. Washing your boat in this way will will prevent
water evaporation spots. Don't forget to also clean and polish all
metal parts. A
good metal polish will help protect aluminum and stainless steal
hardware from corrosion.
The best boat wax to use is one that has a premium, carnauba wax
base the hardest wax surface known to man.
Most major boat product suppliers carry carnauba waxes, including
Meguiar's and 3M. When making your selection, just make sure that
the product contains a top-grade carnauba wax. Heller Glanz Carnauba
Cream Wax, one of the best products available on the market today,
uses only the best grade carnauba wax to ensure that your vessel
is resistant to dirt, grime and a further oxidation. Heller Glanz
makes its carnauba cream wax from a special liquid formula designed
to renew the luster of gel coat and fiberglass, while leaving each
surface with a smooth, silky finish. It can be applied with a rag
or buffer and it is easily wiped from the surface. Quality carnauba
wax will restore your vessel's shine and protect it from the harmful
effects of ultraviolet rays and salt water.
Top-grade carnauba is a coveted wax found only in the leaves of
the Carnauba Palm tree that grows in northern Brazil. The Carnauba
Palm tree (copernica cerifera) does grow in other areas of Brazil
and South America as well as in parts of Africa and Ceylon, but
only the palm found in the northern region produces the wax that
is harvested during a seven-month period each year.
The leaves of the tree leech the wax in a natural effort to seal
in moisture. Once removed, the palm leaves are soaked to soften
the wax and prepare it for sale. The raw wax is graded according
to its age and the processing techniques used.
possess natural protective systems. That means the wax properties
expand when exposed to water while diffusing the sun's ultraviolet
rays. These natural attributes mean that once the wax is applied
to your boat it will protect it from further oxidation and preserve
a magnificent, rich brilliance for the rest of the year.