How to Use Paste Wax on a Boat

How to Use Paste Wax on a Boat
Waxing a boat is like breathing new life into it. A dull, listless surface will shine like new after a good coat of wax and a little buffing. However, applying paste wax and buffing is important for more than just looks. Waxing your boat keeps the gel coat in good condition, and keeps your boat running smoothly and lessens drag so it is more fuel-efficient. Applying paste wax is easy. Most boats only take a few hours to wash and wax with satisfying, even spectacular, results.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Dish soap Clean rags or utility sponges Boat polish Rubbing compound Paste wax Buffer pad Electric buffer
  • Dish soap
  • Clean rags or utility sponges
  • Boat polish
  • Rubbing compound
  • Paste wax
  • Buffer pad
  • Electric buffer
Step 1
Clean your boat thoroughly. To wash your boat, mix dish soap in water and apply with clean rags or a utility sponge. Rinse completely. If the color of the gel coat is sun damaged or stained, or there are scratches or cracks, use boat polish to get rid of any marks.
Step 2
Apply a rubbing compound for stains or discolorations that are even more stubborn. Clean completely when finished. It is important to get any dirt or stains off before you wax so you do not trap the dirt or stain under the wax surface.
Step 3
Apply paste wax in a circular motion using a clean rag. Buff off with a buffing pad. Use an electric buffer with the buffing pad attached to cut the time involved and use less of your own strength.
Step 4
Apply a second coat of wax and buff to a shine. For the best results, wax your boat with a top quality marine paste wax at the beginning of the season, the end of the season, and once a month during the season. At the least, wax your boat at the beginning and end of the season to keep it running efficiently.

Article Written By Tami Parrington

Tami Parrington is the author of five novels along with being a successful SEO and content writer for the past three years. Parrington's journalism experience includes writing for eHow on medical, health and home-related topics as well as writing articles about the types of animals she has raised for years.

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