Dealing with water spots

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Dealing with water spots

Post by Stickinthemud57 »

My black cove stripe really shows water spots, and cleaning them off is part of my winter maintenance. I decided to use what was on hand this year, and started by rubbing with 30% vinegar (6x stronger than standard). I was surprised how much better that worked than trying to scrub or buff them off as I had done in the past.

I followed with Starbrite Premium Restorer Wax (, then with 303 Protectant ( ... protectant). I found it necessary to go back in a few places a second time with the 303 and let it sit for 10 minutes or so before wiping. NOTE - This was done in the shade on a mild day. Polishes, waxes, and other treatments don't like heat or direct sun.

The whole job took about 2 hours. I'm VERY happy with the results.

I would be interested to learn about any seasonal hull maintenance tips other may wish to share.
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