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Lenny makes her shine!
In spring 2017, BoatU.S. Magazine’s contributing editor Lenny Rudow held a webinar on maintaining and polish-
ing fiberglass gelcoat, and showed us
how to keep our hulls in top condition.
After years of boat ownership, and using
every product under the sun, he also
revealed his personal favorite waxes and
polishes, and how best to apply them.
You can see the whole webinar on our
website, but here’s a preview:
At least twice a season (beginning
and end), apply two coats of thick
paste wax by hand with application
pads; Lenny’s favorites are Collinite
heavy-duty Fleetwax for Marine and
Aeronautical or 3M Ultra performance
paste wax. Then buff off with an orbital
buffer with removable thick, soft bon-
nets. Change the bonnet when clogged
with wax. (For this thick paste-wax
application, he does not recommend
liquid waxes with carnauba; that’s good
for later in the season.)
Don’t forget your outboard cowl. Paste
wax to protect it. Then buff it off by
hand with a microfiber cloth.
Don’t forget your I/O. Paste waxing
your I/O helps deflect marine growth.
During the season, shower your boat
off with freshwater every time you
use it. Lenny’s favorites for wash and
wax products are West Marine Boat
Wash N’Shine, Star-brite Concentrated
Wash & Wax Power Pine, and Orpine
Wash & Wax.
Later in the season, Lenny’s favorite
liquid wax is Eagle One Wax As
To find out about Lenny’s favorite ways
to remove rust stains from gelcoat; clean
and shine nonskid; and for cleaning and
sealing stainless steel, visit BoatUS.com/
Fiberglass-Webinar to watch the webinar.
It’s full of great tips and techniques.
— BERNADETTE BERNON