Speed Boat Detailing : Speed Boat Detailing: Boat Wax

Speed Boat Detailing : Speed Boat Detailing: Boat Wax

Hi, it’s Dow here at the Firehouse Car Wash
and detail center and today we’re talking about detailing a power boat or motor boat
here. Now that we’ve ashed it, we’ve removed hard water, and we’ve prepared the surface.
And this one we took some swirl marks off and some of the boat. It’s important that
we finish with a wax product. We’ve got to have a wax on here. First of all, it’s going
to protect against hard water spots. It’s going to make them come off easier. We also
want some UV protection here to protect the boat against the harsh rays either direct
or reflecting off the water up under the boat. Use these in summer conditions. It’s usually
warm on the lake, it’s sunny, and it’s hot out. When it comes to wax selection, I think
it’s important that you, this is like, you know, motor oil. If you can use synthetic,
if you can use the best there is, you should, because what we want to do is we want to put
a polymer coat on here. A lot of the waxes, the less expensive waxes have some polymers
in them, some of them don’t even have any polymers, and so, the wax that might be great
for your car on a boat might not even be good enough. The one I’m going to recommend and
we do here is called Olche coat. It’s actually a paint sealer. You hear about paint sealants,
they last longer, they bond better, it’s because they have more polymers in them. Of course
they’re more expensive. But you’re going to want to do is you’re going to get a brand
new pad, which I’ll have my friend put on here and then we’ll show you how that works.
And we’re going to. There’s two ways really to detail it. You can get a standard applicator
pad. Do you have one of those there. I can just show them what it looks like? Thank you
Gel. So you get the standard applicator pad, which, you know, you can simply put the wax
on. If you’re doing it at home, this is a great way to do it. You know, you just apply
the wax. You go in and out, back and forth, again, in the direction the water flows across
the boat. And you can just move over. You can see that that would work. It might take
awhile. You can move pretty quickly. As you do this. At a professional shop like ours,
what we like to do is we use a dual action air, an air pressure. You can have these that
are electric as well. We’ll just put a little wax on that as you can see. And simply. Go
back and forth like that. We’re using air pressure, the vibrating action to actually
push the wax into the coat. Makes it adhere a little bit better. This is not a high speed
buffer. Don’t confuse this with a high speed buffer/ This isn’t spinning as much as it’s
vibrating and turning and working the wax in. So what you don’t want to do is use a
high speed buffer here, it’ll actually burn the gel coat as it heats up. This doesn’t
create heat, doesn’t create too much friction. So, we apply the wax, we let it sit, and then
what we’re going to is use a good, high quality, microfiber towel if you have that available.
You know, that’s always my preferred thing to do. One hundred percent cotton terry cloth
will do good as well, but it just doesn’t seem to have the same ability to bring that
to a rich, mirror like finish as you do with a microfiber towel. So, after that’s had a
chance, simply remove it. Back and forth across the boat. Again, same direction. Back and
forth. This is not like the karate kid. We’re not doing wax on wax off in circles. We’re
going to remove that wax. Now this boat is protected against hard water spots, they still
might come on, but they’re going to come off a lot easier. Protected against UV rays, and
it’s going to cut faster through the water and give you better performance.

4 thoughts on “Speed Boat Detailing : Speed Boat Detailing: Boat Wax

  • May 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    clue less owner, you see he doesnt detail him self much… nothing personal , Im just sayin

  • March 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    They shouldn't let the accountant do video's.

  • March 19, 2012 at 3:33 am


  • February 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Running a woolpad with harsh compound like that will give nice results…initially.
    But after a few washes and/or rainstorms, you'll see horrendous holograms all over that dark finish. On my dark blue Azimut 86, the professional detailer uses the wool pad first, and follows with another 3 rounds of polishing via a Dual Action machine coupled to Menzerna polishes, and its 100% hologram and swirl free even when I shone my LED torch on the side of my yacht at night time.


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