Archives for August 2010

Waxing a Boat

Step Three in our Series, Boat Care 101: Waxing a Boat

See Step One: Washing a Boat

See Step Two: Polishing a Boat

Boat Wax

Waxing your boat is essential to maintaining the color, shine, and integrity of a gel coat finish. Marine waxes are very durable in order to stand up salt water, algae, and the sun. Boat wax also makes regular cleaning easier and can make it harder for grime to stick to waxed surfaces. To prevent oxidation and fading, boat wax is a must.

Collinite Fiberglass Boat Wax #925 is proven to stand up to harsh environments. It withstands scrubbing, scuffing, detergents, salt water and marine organisms all year long. Collinite is a favorite among boat owners.

Nautical Liquid Glass Polish/Finish is an ultra-durable choice for boat protection. Nautical Liquid Glass Polish/Finish creates a hard, glassy finish that will not crack, chip, peel, or turn yellow. Apply Liquid Glass every 6-12 months to maintain the optimum level of protection, especially with frequent salt water boating.

Again, an orbital polisher is going to be a huge asset when waxing a boat. Spread on the wax evenly with a soft foam buffing pad. You can then use a microfiber bonnet on the polisher to buff off the wax.

Polish and Wax In One

Because detailing a boat is a big job, many manufacturers have combined the polishing and protecting steps into single-step products. By tackling two jobs at once, you’ll save time and still get fantastic results.

Meguiars Mirror Glaze #50 Marine/RV Cleaner Wax is a great choice for restoring the color and shine to fiberglass.

3M makes two cleaner wax options: 3M Marine Restorer & Wax is designed for boats with heavy oxidation while 3M Marine Cleaner & Wax contains a milder polish for lightly oxidized boats.

Duragloss Marine RV Polish #501 is another great polish/sealant choice for fiberglass boats. Its protective coating reduces algae growth!

Just like with polishing, you’ll find it faster and easier to apply a marine cleaner wax with a polisher and a polishing pad.? The pay-off of one step products is that once you’re done, you’re done. Sit back and relax!

Kwazar Mercury Pro + Double-Action Spray Bottles

Kwazar Mercury Pro + Spray Bottles might be the best sprayers you ever use! These 17 oz. and 33 oz. trigger sprayers deliver twice the output per pump, trimming time and effort off every detail you do. Kwazar Mercury Pro + Spray Bottles are professional grade, adjustable, double-action sprayers suitable for any detailing job.

Polishing a Boat

Step Two in our Series, Boat Care 101

See Step One: Washing a Boat

Polishing a boatFiberglass gelcoat oxidizes just like automotive paint. You’ve seen that white chalk on the hull? That’s oxidation. All it takes is a good boat polish and a free afternoon to make your boat shine again.

Depending on the size of your boat, you may find it much easier to use a polisher to do the job. A high speed rotary polisher, like the FLEX LK603VVB Circular Polisher, with a wool pad is ideal for cutting gel coat oxidation. An orbital polisher, like the Porter Cable 7424XP or Cyclo Orbital Polisher, can be used for mild oxidation removal and wax application.

There are many boat polishes to choose from but your boat’s condition will help you decide on the right polish. If your boat has heavy oxidation, 3M Marine Rubbing Compound has the cutting power to restore old gelcoat that has never been polished. It will also remove stains, scratches, and scuffs. This is where your rotary polisher and wool pad will come in handy.

If your boat has a mild case of white chalk, Meguiars Mirror Glaze #45 Marine/RV Polish has all the polishing power you need to restore the color and shine to your boat. For a newer boat, this is an excellent maintenance polish to keep oxidation from ever getting out of hand.

Gelcoat is similar to automotive clear coat but even harder. That’s why it’s important to choose a boat polish designed specifically for gel coat. You’ll find it easier to get the results you want with a designated boat polish.

The end of each boating season is a good time to polish a boat. By removing oxidation and algae stains and then sealing the boat with wax, you’ll ensure that it’s ready to go next year.

In our next boat care article, we’ll focus on boat waxes.

New Rinseless Wash Systems from Optimum and DP!

Introducing the Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine Two Bucket Wash System and the DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss Two Bucket Wash System!

What is rinseless washing? Rinseless car washes are high lubricity products that clean your car without the need to rinse. They dilute in water and allow you to wash your car just like you normally would. The big difference is that you do not have to rinse off the rinseless wash. Towel dry your vehicle like you normally would. The lubricants do not spot or cloud the finish in any way. Your vehicle will look clean, like it would after any car wash. Rinseless washes are a great option for anyone who has no access to a water hose.

The lubricants in rinseless washing make them safe to use for general washing, but we wanted to take even more steps to prevent swirls. We’ve built complete two-bucket wash systems around two of our best-selling rinseless washes: DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss and Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine. Both products are outstanding at safely cleaning the paint and they leave a glossy, clean finish. By using the two-bucket wash method, you’re further safeguarding your vehicle against swirls.

The two bucket method is a detailer’s trick to minimize swirls that can occur from washing the car. One bucket has your wash solution. The second bucket has clean water. Every time you need to reload your sponge with wash solution, rinse the sponge in the clean water first before dunking the sponge in the wash solution. By doing so, you’ll shake off most of the dirt into the plain water bucket where it’s much less likely to get transferred back onto the vehicle. Plus, both buckets in this system include Grit Guard Inserts to keep dirt in the bucket and off your paint. Savvy detailers have been using the two bucket method for years and now you can too with the Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine Two Bucket Wash System or the DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss Two Bucket Wash System.

Both systems include the following:

2 Clear Buckets
2 Black Grit Guard Inserts
2 Gamma Seal Lids
Lake Country Car Wash Sponge???
32 oz. Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine or 32 oz. DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss
6 All Purpose Microfiber Towels, 16 x 16 inches

Save more than 23% off the total retail value of each kit!

Learn more about all the benefits of the DP Rinseless Wash & Gloss Two Bucket System and the Optimum No Rinse Wash & Shine Two Bucket Wash System at!