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jusuplus 10-23-2018 01:33 PM

Best boat wax / polishing compound..
 
Hello! What do you think what is the best polishing compound and boat wax for salt water?

Fishermohn 10-23-2018 01:50 PM

I tried Smoove for the first time this past spring. Really happy with the results

jcbrown630 10-23-2018 01:59 PM

McGuire's Flagship marine wax for general cleaning / polish.

Anything 3M for compounding / cutting.

But what do I know I bought a Bayliner :jk: :bashhh:

As a nice pro tip to those shopping , at least the West Marine near me and I believe all West Marine locations will match Amazon pricing :thumbsup:

acteg 10-23-2018 02:34 PM

I like presta products.

Smitty_81 10-23-2018 02:36 PM

I have found that Woody Wax is essential for the stainless steel. However I have also found the Woody Wax soap to be "meh". I personally like 3M marine products but I have not tried very many different brands out there.

cobraarvey 10-23-2018 02:40 PM

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You will get a million opinions on here, as most have their favorites based on their personal experience. In addition this has been discussed at least one million times before, so do a search for some very exhaustive opinions. That being said, I have had great experience with Presta cutting crème for the compound. It comes in two grits depending on the condition of your gel coat. Collinite is one of the most recommended pure wax products. Make sure you use the paste wax #885. It lasts at least 6 months, and if the hull has been cleaned/prepped properly will produce a great shine. I second Smoove wax. Used it for the first time this summer and it worked very well. I don't believe it lasts as long as the Collinite, but it was a good one step product. By the way, fresh or salt water makes no difference.

colemast 10-23-2018 02:41 PM

Per this websites recommendations I tried a few and I like the Collinite Fleetwax - Seems good to me.
I fish saltwater but the boat is trailered.

FishLife 10-23-2018 02:44 PM


Originally Posted by cobraarvey (Post 11924355)
you will get a million opinions on here, as most have their favorites based on their personal experience.in addition this has been discussed at least one million times before, so do a search for some very exhaustive opinions. .................


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CaptSamShurhold 10-23-2018 02:45 PM

Listen, it's tough to come on here and advise without coming off as a salesman. Don't think of it as a salt water vs. freshwater thing. Protection is protection, regardless of environment (with some exceptions like tanic staining, salt water corrosion of stainless, etc). Think of compounds as corrective chemicals, and waxes/sealants (and our Pro Polish, which is a bit of a misnomer) as protective chemicals. I like to keep them separated as the protection seems to last longer with a dedicated protective chemical, in my experience. Find something you like, use it often, and your boat will look good for years to come.

Fish'nFool 10-23-2018 03:22 PM


Originally Posted by Fishermohn (Post 11924216)
I tried Smoove for the first time this past spring. Really happy with the results

x2 for Smoove

if your hull has oxidation the Procut 2000 will remove it and polish your hull in one application.

Top it off with popular sealant of your choice. Smooves sealant is good, I've also had good luck with Nufinish.

mystery 10-23-2018 03:34 PM


Originally Posted by jusuplus (Post 11924171)
Hello! What do you think what is the best polishing compound and boat wax for salt water?

this same question has been asked many many times: https://www.thehulltruth.com/search.php

glc203 10-23-2018 03:36 PM

I was very happy with Feldten gel coat sealant. Put in on in the fall and spring. Easy to apply and held up great.

mkalink 10-24-2018 10:02 PM

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I used this for the first time this year and I am sold. I have a black hull and it was oxidized pretty good. I used this stuff with a rotary buffer and wool pad @ 1800 rpms and it shined the boat up like a new penny. I was very impressed. I used a few wool pads. I kept rinsing them out and fluffing them up a screw driver. I finished up with Collinite wax. She sure looked good when I put her to sleep for the winter.

mystery 10-24-2018 11:03 PM


Originally Posted by mkalink (Post 11928559)
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I used this for the first time this year and I am sold. I have a black hull and it was oxidized pretty good. I used this stuff with a rotary buffer and wool pad @ 1800 rpms and it shined the boat up like a new penny. I was very impressed. I used a few wool pads. I kept rinsing them out and fluffing them up a screw driver. I finished up with Collinite wax. She sure looked good when I put her to sleep for the winter.

why wool instead of foam?

mkalink 10-25-2018 03:33 AM


Originally Posted by mystery (Post 11928609)
why wool instead of foam?

Tried them both, wool worked much better then foam, with a lot less pressure.

tashmoo1 10-25-2018 05:50 AM

We’ve used various Presta products and our clients have liked the results. Their creme wax holds up well and they offer various grades of compound compounds to remove oxidation. Farecla products have worked well for us. SMS Marine Products is a distributor for both.

captpepin 10-25-2018 10:02 AM

For pure wax Collinite 885 from the Can is hard to beat, I put 3 coats on my hull every Spring and I really don’t need to do anything else.

andrew886 10-25-2018 10:21 AM

Collinite paste wax for sure is the way to go in terms of durable protection.

I too have been a big fan of Meguires Polish and have been a 3m guy for compounds. Have been too cheap to oull the trigger on the 3m Finesse polish but may this spring.

Once nice tip i picked up overs the years was that cleaner waxes are nice to “touchup” any black streaks from snaps etc. in between major cleaning/polishing. Ive got a couple dofferent brands and all work equally well.

Yamama04107 10-25-2018 10:36 AM

I've been using Marine 31 Gel Coat Final Step Polish, then Marine 31 Gel Coat Carnauba Wax , both with a Flex polisher machine and foam pads for three years now. Excellent products.

cobraarvey 10-25-2018 12:56 PM


Originally Posted by andrew886 (Post 11929812)
Collinite paste wax for sure is the way to go in terms of durable protection.

Once nice tip i picked up overs the years was that cleaner waxes are nice to “touchup” any black streaks from snaps etc. in between major cleaning/polishing. Ive got a couple dofferent brands and all work equally well.

I agree. We use Collinite paste (after cleaning/prepping with Presta) in the Spring prior to launch. Lasts all season, but you will get black streaks from snaps or run-off from the bow. We also have to deal with diesel soot on the transom after each Canyon run. Smoove Bubble Gum cleaner wax works fantastic to remove the stains/soot and protects for future use.


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