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TIP: Come spring, you’ll get an even better shine if you use one of those expensive microfiber polishing buffer bonnets
for this stage, instead of the regular terry
STeP 4: Seal In The ShIne
We’ll bet the glare coming off Mom’s Mink
is downright blinding right about now, but
if you stop working, the gelcoat’s finish will
go back to being dull in a matter of days. You
need to seal that shine in, and wax is the key
ingredient. For this step, choose a paste wax
that’s based on bee’s wax, NOT carnauba
wax, which does create a better shine but
also wears away faster. Again, you need to
give the boat two thorough coatings of the
paste wax, and unfortunately, this stuff gets
applied by hand. Now for the coup de grâce:
a coating of that shiny carnauba stuff. Apply
it lightly and gently, so you don’t rub away
any of the paste wax. Then clean it off with
a final pass of the microfiber buffer bonnet.
That was a lot of work, but a lot less than
scraping, sanding, and painting. In the spring,
you should be able to get away with a quick
polish and then sealing in the shine. You can
keep your boat looking red-hot all summer by
washing it down with a wash-n-wax boat soap
that contains a dose of carnauba. If you’re a
pefectionist, renew the shine by giving the
gelcoat another carnauba wax job every other
week. And don’t look directly at your boat’s
gelcoat without wearing sunglasses, or you
might burn out a retina. If not, then it’s time
to (sigh) go back to Step 1.
Lenny Rudow is the electronics editor for BoatU.S.
Magazine, and senior editor for Boats.com.
TIP: Before PackIng yoUr Boa T away, gIve IT ano Ther coa T of PaSTe wax. o TherwISe, oxIda TIon
wIll re TUrn aS IT SITS and yoU’ll have To STar T The ProceSS all over agaIn In The SPrIng.
necessary to get
out tough stains
like rust streaks.
right: Microfiber bonnets
cost more than terry cloth, but
for final polishing, they’ll make
your boat shine brighter. apply
the paste wax by hand — this
may take a while!