The Insider's Guide to Boat Cleaning and Detailing: by Natalie Sears

By Natalie Sears

Fix that “showboat” glance to drained gelcoat, canvas, brightwork, upholstery, metalwork, and more

Boat cleansing isn’t so simple as taking a can of kitchen cleaner and scrubbing away, and mistaken tactics may cause harm to the boat or the surroundings. this is often the single stem-to-stern consultant to all features of boat cleansing and detailing. The e-book recommends either established and brand-name cleansing and upkeep fabrics that will help you make the precise selections.

Lots of before-and-after photographs express you the way to:

Keep your boat taking a look nice and defend marketplace value
Achieve greatest effects with minimal paintings and environmentally secure methods.
Use tables and checklists to maintain paintings equipped and effective

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The best power buffer I’ve used is the German-made Porter-Cable 9428. We wax boats five days a week year-round, running a buffer several hours a day, stopping it and starting it, getting wax dust in it and occasionally dropping it in the water, which is never good for the buffer or the unlucky person still holding the electric cord. Our Porter-Cables ran four years straight before finally dying on us. I took them in for servicing, and now they’re up and running again. Unfortunately, Porter-Cable discontinued this model, so now you can buy it only on eBay or ­Craigs​ list.

If you chose to let the sun remove the stain for you, go back a few days later; if the stain is gone, apply a coat of wax to that area to protect it again. Removing Acid Rain, Water Spots, and Streaks You can try washing away water stains as many times as you like, but after each rain they will sneak their way back onto your boat, black streaks dripping down each side, making it look as if you never washed it. If it’s raining right now, water 17 18 The Insider’s Guide to Boat Cleaning and Detailing stains are forming as you read this!

If you’re looking for power buffers online, search for the words “variable-speed polisher,” which is how these types of buffers are usually categorized. One runner-up is the Makita 9227. This power buffer has features similar to those of the Porter-Cable 9428 and looks almost exactly the same. I purchased a few of these to replace our old Porter-Cables, and so far we’ve been fairly happy 39 40 The Insider’s Guide to Boat Cleaning and Detailing with them. This model is lighter than the Porter-Cable and has less vibration, but it heats up quickly.

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