A Step by Step Guide on How to Wax a Boat

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Did you know that spending time out on the water in a boat can actually benefit your mental and physical health

Not only is boating a great way to unwind but it can increase serotonin levels, which puts your body in a more restful state. 

If you've decided to buy a boat so you can experience a more relaxed way of life, congratulations! As a boat owner, you'll need to learn the ins and outs of how to keep your boat running as it should. 

This includes learning how to wax a boat. Clueless on where to begin? That's why we're here. Keep reading for a step by step guide on how to properly wax a boat.

Wash Your Boat

Before you can start on the waxing process, you'll first need to give your boat a thorough washing. After all, with so much time spent in the water, your boat will accumulate dirt and grime over time. 

Not only will a dirty boat look bad, but it can lead to damage over time if you don't keep up with regular maintenance.  

To start washing it, you'll need to remove your boat from the water and secure it on a trailer whether its a roller trailer or a bunk trailer. Make sure the trailer is sitting on flat ground, so the boat won't tip over as you're washing it. 

Next, you should cover the interior of the boat so it doesn't get wet with water or the cleaning solution. 

Then, you'll use a hose to spray down the boat and apply a boat soap to help remove grime. You may need to use a sponge or damp cloth to remove any stubborn stains that have developed. 

If you notice any damaged wax on the surface of your boat, you'll need to use a dewaxing solution, like toluene to remove it. Then, do a final rinse and allow the boat to dry. 

Buff the Surface 

Once your boat is nice and clean, you'll need to use a polishing compound to buff out scratches and other imperfections on the boat's surface. 

Polish is slightly abrasive, so when it's applied to the surface of your boat, it will break down most imperfections and discolorations. If you notice severe discolorations, you may need to use a buffing compound instead, which is stronger. 

Regardless of whether you use a boat polish or a buffing compound, you'll apply it the same way. 

You'll want to gently apply the polish to the surface of your boat, working in small sections at a time. You can use a soft cloth by hand or a polishing pad on a buffing tool to apply the compound. Consider buying a wax applicator set so you have all the tools you need. 

You should apply the polish in a circular motion, moving in the same direction as you make your way around the boat. Remember, you're using an abrasive substance, so working slowly and gently is key to not overdoing it. 

Once the surface is shiny and glassy, you'll know it's time to stop. If you chose to use a buffing compound, you can repeat the process with polish to achieve more shine, if you desire.

Apply the Wax

Next comes the boat waxing process. The type of wax you need to use depends on the type of surface on your boat. If you have questions, you should refer to the boat manufacturer's recommendations. 

Our Boat Polish combines a wax and polish in one but for a more deep wax job you will want to find a specific wax product.

Once you've determined the appropriate wax, pay attention to its specific instructions before getting started. Generally speaking, you'll apply the wax to the boat's surface, using the same circular method used when you buffed the boat.

Again, you can choose to apply the wax by hand, or by using an electric waxing tool to make the process a bit easier. Work your way around the boat, working in small sections just as you did before. 

Then, you need to allow the wax to dry for a few minutes, just until it starts to look hazy. That's an indication that you're ready for the final step. 

Buff the Wax

Finally, you'll repeat the buffing process, working either by hand or with a buffing tool. You'll work in the same circular motion, going around the entirety of the boat. 

As you buff the wax, you'll start to notice the surface becoming clean and shiny, almost like your boat is brand new. Once you're finished waxing, step back and admire your handiwork!

The Importance of Knowing How to Wax a Boat

After reading through the steps for waxing a boat, are you wondering if it's all really necessary?

The answer is a resounding yes.

Every time you take your boat out, it's exposed to harsh elements like water and UV rays from the sun. Over time, those elements will take a toll on your boat's hull, which will eventually lead to erosion. 

If you don't wax your boat regularly, it will become dull and more susceptible to damage. If you plan to keep your boat for the long haul, waxing is one of those things that come along with boat ownership. 

As a general rule, you should plan to wax your boat at least once every three or four months. This will keep your boat looking great and working as it should for years to come. 

Here for All Your Boating Needs

Now that you know how to wax a boat, you'll need some supplies to get started. Here at Better Boat, we've got a variety of boat cleaning products to keep your prized possession clean and shiny.

Learn more about how you can try one of our boat products for free today and start your shopping!