How to Remove Old Wax From a Boat

How to Remove Old Wax From a Boat
If you would like to give a boat a new paint job or just a new wax job, you must first remove any old wax from the surface of the boat. Removing boat wax can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive project, but it does not require any special tools or equipment. While de-waxing solvents can be used to remove the wax from the boat, common household cleaners are often just as effective at removing old wax.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • De-waxing solvent, dish soap or general household cleaner Rag or sponge Clean cloth
  • De-waxing solvent, dish soap or general household cleaner
  • Rag or sponge
  • Clean cloth
Step 1
Put the de-waxing solvent or a more common household cleaner, such as dish soap or a universal spray cleaner, directly on the surface of the boat. De-waxing solutions come ready to use and do not need to be diluted, and household cleaners are mild enough to not need any diluting.
Step 2
Use a rag or a sponge to wipe the chosen cleaning product over the boat's surface. Abrasive cleaning items, such as metal pads may scratch the surface of aluminum or fiberglass boats.
Step 3
Use long strokes moving from one end of the boat toward the other end. Do not rub the cleaner back and forth. This causes the wax to smear over the surface of the boat instead of being removed from it.
Step 4
Press hard against the surface of the boat as you make your strokes down the boat. Wax is tough to cut through and it can take a great deal of elbow grease to remove the wax from a boat's surface.
Step 5
Use a clean cloth to wipe the boat down again when you are finished wiping away the wax. A second pass over helps to remove any residual wax left behind during your initial cleaning and any pieces of sponge that may have stuck to the surface.

Article Written By Alexis Lawrence

Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.

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