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easy boat wax

Postby lee308 » Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:27 pm

I don't know if this is a good idea or not, but it sure is easy. I used floor wax on my boat after scrubbing it clean. The attached photo shows the difference before and after on the rub rail. I left a section unwaxed to show the difference.

I learned this trick long ago cleaning dirt track race cars. It seems to work on boats also. I used a damp cloth and wiped the whole boat including windows. I may add another coat tomorrow. I'm thinking about using a paint brush and waxing the non skid areas. I used Futura, (cheap) but any would work.
This is a 2002 26x.

Anyone else ever tried this?
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Postby aya16 » Tue Apr 19, 2005 7:35 pm

looks good but if you wax the non skid area you should install suction cups to the bottom of your shoes. the deck is bad enough without wax.
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Postby lee308 » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:04 pm

aya16 wrote:looks good but if you wax the non skid area you should install suction cups to the bottom of your shoes. the deck is bad enough without wax.

Actually, the smooth sections seemed less slick after waxing. :?: go figure.
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Just like X-C ski's

Postby Divecoz » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:41 pm

Some wax makes it slick and some make it stick . Surfers use wax to stick and to slick as well.
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Postby Catigale » Tue Apr 19, 2005 8:43 pm

JUst my two cents but with proper deck shoes I never had trouble slipping on the non-skid areas.

Worst experience I had was on a Cat 36 on San Fran Bay in jogging sneakers...I took a nasty fall in the cockpit on the no skid section...


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Postby Carl Noble » Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:13 am

Lee, was your black stripe very dull? Mine is and I have been spot comparing different types of restorers but haven't found anything I like yet. I can get it to shine a little but not to where there is a good glossy surface. Your's looks like it is giving off a nice reflection.
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Shiney Boat

Postby Erik Hardtle » Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:22 am

Want a shiney boat... try NewGlass II

I've been using it on my boat and it really looks nice.

Check out my website by clicking on the WWW button below then click on Gallery.
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Postby Tom Root » Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:38 am

It sure does look good, and may be easy, but I would be concerned about yellowing over a period of time possibly? And then if a stripper is used, would it be chemically compatable with gel, and could it cause the gel to soften possibly? What brand did you use BTW?

Too many questions, but keep us informed, and let us know what the long term effects are please! Mine looks really horrible at the moment, 10 days on the water, and probably a year since boat wax applied.

Keeping the black areas glossy seems to be a loosing battle, and with all the rain, I have tiny black spots on the white gel, that are almost impossible to get clean. A mold I am sure! I have heard that a pressure wash is the fix, but have not done this yet.

I have to get busy on her, as the elements have taken it's toll on her alot!
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Easy bottom wax

Postby ralphk » Wed Apr 20, 2005 4:12 pm

I've had good results for two years with
Aurora bottom wax below the waterline.

Easy to apply and has algae inhibitors - very important on lake Ontario

http://www.auroramarine.com/
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Re: Shiney Boat

Postby RandyMoon » Wed Apr 20, 2005 5:41 pm

Erik Hardtle wrote:Check out my website by clicking on the WWW button below then click on Gallery.


Erik, the best photo on your site has the two kids in it. Cute future Admirals.
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Postby lee308 » Thu Apr 21, 2005 7:55 am

Carl Noble wrote:Lee, was your black stripe very dull? Mine is and I have been spot comparing different types of restorers but haven't found anything I like yet. I can get it to shine a little but not to where there is a good glossy surface. Your's looks like it is giving off a nice reflection.


No, the black strips were in pretty good shape. I keep my boat on the trailer covered by a BIG Blue tarp. The sun is what causes most of the damage to any outside surface. But the windows looked better after the wax.

The rub rails however were terrible as you can see, and where greatly improved.

you could always try a spot on the back of the boat and with the cost of about $4/bottle, what do you have to lose?
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Floor Wax

Postby delmitch2 » Thu Apr 21, 2005 8:10 am

I had less than desirable results a few years ago when I tried floor wax. The black hull on our 30 year old Douglas 31 was looking pretty sad. Used Future floor wax. Went on really easy and looked incredible. Unfortunately, one she went back in the water we were left with white streaks where the waxed areas went below the waterline. Looked a bit like the notorious brown moustache you see on boats that have been on the ICW for a few weeks. Also left white streaks where water ran down the hull from the scuppers. Maybe it was the brand of wax, don't know.
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Postby Carl Noble » Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:00 am

Well floor wax really isn't formulated to withstand large amounts of UV rays and rain so that explains why it ends up with white streaks on the boat. Well it's back to trying to find a good rubbing compound for the black stripe. Has anyone found one that gives a good shine?
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Postby kmclemore » Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:25 am

For the black strip I might suggest something we used to do in the old car days to restore rubber bits we could no longer obtain. If the strip is in reasonably sound condition then go over it with 0000 steel wool (be careful - you'll want to ensure you get ALL the steel wool bits off the rubber and boat!) .. the alternative is to use bronze wool, but I'm not sure it's available in 0000 grade - or - you may want to see if there's a very fine ScotchBrite available - not sure there is, but if so it's probably the best bet of the three choices.

In any event, mask off the fiberglass so you won't scratch it, then carefully rub down the rubber strip with the abrasive, removing all the 'chalked' rubber until you have a solid, smooth surface. Once you've got that, you can then apply a protectant. I have used ArmorAll in the past, though there are some that will say that AA actually degrades the rubber faster. Another choice is a silicone-based wax or oil... but whatever you choose, the key is get rid of all of the decomposed rubber *before* you try to apply any sort of protectant, or else you'll never get the 'shine' you really want.
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Postby Carl Noble » Thu Apr 21, 2005 3:15 pm

I was talking about the black gelcoat stripe where the windows are at on the deck not the rub rail. I would like to get it in bristol condition if possible before I put the boat in the water. (next weekend--we're supposed to get snow this weekend :cry: )The white part is rubbing out with a decent shine but the black gelcoat doesn't look as good as I would like. The black stripe just under the rub rail is in very good condition as is the hull but these don't get the same direct sunlight as the deck surfaces. It sure is amazing how those UV rays can dull the deck.
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