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Old 01-10-2020, 06:59 AM
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Default Best pressure washing soap/wax?

I pressure wash mine in the driveway and was mixing some maguires auto soap in a bucket and letting the pressure washer pull from it. is there a good spray on wash/wax for boats?
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I like to wash top side by hand but the hull and trailer get the foam cannon treatment. Apply your soap with the cannon, scrub stubborn spots then remove the cannon and rinse with your pressure washer.
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I have used the concentrated marine washes (orpine, woody wax) and both cheap and higher cost car washes with wax. The marine concentrates seem to clean a bit better. Haven’t really noticed much on the waxing side but I occasionally use a spray of the turtle wax stuff that you spray on wet and wipe off. Pretty quick to hit the hull once in a while and it definitely prolongs or maintains a good base wax job. So to that end hard for me to tell on the wax properties of the soaps.

I noticed you use macguires. That is the higher cost car wash I referenced. It is certainly better than the cheap car washes that you need to use three times more of.
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I use a mix of Orpine and Salt Away at the dock since Im in dry storage but when I wash at home I used a foamer with Chemical guys.
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I have never used a pressure washer on a boat except for the bottom
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Mine is electric and lower pressure
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I have never used a pressure washer on a boat except for the bottom
Why not? Really gets the grime off mine.
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I only hit it once a year with the pressure washer. I think it adds unnecessary wear on the boat



1 wet the boat hit bad spots with pressure
2 then mix dawn (it will strip the wax) and some powder car wash in one of those soaker bottles listed above. let this work
3 hit with pressure washer to remove all the soap and stubborn areas
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Originally Posted by WPBTH View Post
I only hit it once a year with the pressure washer. I think it adds unnecessary wear on the boat



1 wet the boat hit bad spots with pressure
2 then mix dawn (it will strip the wax) and some powder car wash in one of those soaker bottles listed above. let this work
3 hit with pressure washer to remove all the soap and stubborn areas
What wax do you use to follow it with?
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Originally Posted by FlyingTexan View Post
What wax do you use to follow it with?
well thats s good question. My hull is CC, 27ft, 30 years old and I live in SFL. So UV and keeping the inside easy to clean are my main concerns. I do have a cover on it but the hull is exposed.

I put 2 coats of wax on everything, the boat cover protects, every 7-9 months (basically everything but the hull and motor). Before bahama trips I do use a spray wax inside the boat just to help with the cleaning the blood (marine 31 wax Ive had the bottle for probably 4 years) The hull gets wax every November and then again in April (whenever I can get a cool or breezy day to do it). Usually that first November wax (first weekend with no NCAA football) is when I take everything and I mean everything out and really clean the boat, spray everything down, clean inside the hatches, get it all clean. It takes all day. I usually invite my buddies that fish with me and dont have a boat over and gill out. So now what wax do I use lol.

For 3 years I used collinite wax
Then last year I used meguiars flag ship (black bottle)
Now I have a kid so Im changing my strategy. This year I used 2 coats of starbright polish then coat of meguiars flag ship. I read that should last 10 months. We will see. I can wash and wax the hull pretty quick now, but I just dont have the time I had in the past.
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MTM PF-22 foam cannon on a 2.1GPM, 3200 psi gas pressure washer seems to work well. The MTM is high quality hardware but needs a bigger bottle. I have no idea what the best soap to use is; lord knows I use a lot of it so I'm open to advice there.
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Originally Posted by FlyingTexan View Post
Why not? Really gets the grime off mine.
it can damage things

it can remove wax

simple bucket of soap and water with soft brush should be all you need to wash a well-maintained boat.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
it can damage things

it can remove wax

simple bucket of soap and water with soft brush should be all you need to wash a well-maintained boat.
A foam cannon hooked up to even a commercial gas pressure washer has zero chance of damaging a boat due to the nozzle it uses. Hitting your boat with a 0 degree or 15 degree nozzle from 3 ft may very well damage something.
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Unless the hull is made out of cardboard a pressure is not damaging a thing. Especially a 110 volt washer with a tip specifically designed to wash boats and cars.
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Yeah I foam cannon and pressure wash after a light scrub with the chemical guys bubble gum smelling suds
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This all depends on how you use the boat.

If fish before work for 3-4 hours im not giving the boat a major wash down, especially if its friday and Im going back out on the weekend. Im in SEFL and some days I run 5 miles bottom or kite fish and come home. Thats why I wax it on a schedule, I dont mind if just gets washed off with water and no soap. If its going to rain, mother nature washes her down for me. I know guys that give it the full treatment after each use because the boat is going to sit for 2-3 weeks.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
it can damage things

it can remove wax

simple bucket of soap and water with soft brush should be all you need to wash a well-maintained boat.
I just went over my interior that's gel coat with the 45 degree and was amazed at how well it made it look. Definitely not hurting the hull any.

Just picked these up:

Foam Cannon
Amazon Amazon

Chemical Guys Extreme Body Wash and Wax (watched some reviews and it works well with the cannons plus has wax)
Amazon Amazon

3M Marine Restorer Wax
Amazon Amazon

Figured I'd hit it with the 3M wax one or twice a year then use the wash with wax in it for the daily use washes. Thanks for all the help I'd never even heard of a foam cannon and I have two pressure washers at the bay right now lol.
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I'm sure some of the weaker pressure washers are probably fine. WIth that said I recently stripped all the clear coat off my truck pressure washing it. The paint was old and shitty, but just bear that in mind. These things are powerful.
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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
A foam cannon hooked up to even a commercial gas pressure washer has zero chance of damaging a boat due to the nozzle it uses. Hitting your boat with a 0 degree or 15 degree nozzle from 3 ft may very well damage something.
a foam cannon is different than simply pressure washing it

pressure washing can strip things, mess up powder coating, windows, ruin upholstery, remove wax, etc

again, if you keep your boat well maintained (waxed), it should be easy to wash off with a bucket of soapy water and soft brush (non-skid cleaner for non-skid), there should be no reason to powerwash topsides
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
a foam cannon is different than simply pressure washing it

pressure washing can strip things, mess up powder coating, windows, ruin upholstery, remove wax, etc

again, if you keep your boat well maintained (waxed), it should be easy to wash off with a bucket of soapy water and soft brush (non-skid cleaner for non-skid), there should be no reason to powerwash topsides
Foam cannon is different than pressure washing? Really, thanks Captain Obvious.

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