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Top Tips for Boat Cleaning | CleanToGleam

Posted on August 22nd 2017

Top tips for boat cleaning

1)Always use dedicated boat cleaning products
Whilst it might be tempting to apply general or automotive cleaners to your boat, it will do it more harm than good in the long run. Marine products go through rigorous testing before being allowed to enter the marketplace, this involves environmental and material analysis.

Boats are finished with a protective gel coating that can easily be damaged if cleaned with a multi-purpose chemical solution.  Boat cleaning products are safe to be used on a variety of boat finishes, preventing damage and protecting the vessel from the elements.

2)Wear protective clothing
It’s important to wear protective clothing when cleaning the boat, especially if using a compounding machine; in fact breathing masks, goggles and gloves are also recommended. A machine will cover a larger surface area, making the job easier for bigger yachts, but also results in silica dust that you won’t want to breathe in.

3)Remove debris and limescale first
Prior to polishing/compounding it’s important to invest in a good limescale remover, to remove all debris.  A quality chandler will recommend the correct product for your type of boat.  To achieve the best possible results on your gel coat and paint, only use limescale remover around the waterline, then wash off and dry.  At this point use a cutting paste or course compound to remove oxidation stains.

4)Consider a compound or buffing machine
Machine compound polishing is the best way to remove the more stubborn stains and restore the shine and beauty of your gel coat. Polish down to the waterline and up to the rubbing strip.

When purchasing a buffing machine, ensure you opt for one with variable speeds. This will help when buffing around boat cleats and railings.

It‘s very important to use a trip RCD box whilst working with a compounding machine.  Always gain permission at the marina prior to working on your boat, and explain the work you are intending to do.

Apply two coats of wax to make your yacht or boat shine.

5)Thin out thicker compounds
Some compounds can be thicker than others, if using a thick paste, thin it out with water before applying it to your boat. This will prevent pads from clogging and ensure a cleaner finish.

6)Applying wax to your boat
For ultimate results, apply two coats of wax with a small adaptor sponge. Finish with a microfiber towel to remove residue.

7)When to clean your yacht
Boat cleaning and waxing should be carried out in the evening. This is especially true in hotter regions because the soap dries on the surface under the hot sun; the soap build-up can impact the wax and make the surfaces look dull and smeared.

Machine compounding removes stubborn boat stains.
8)Choosing a detailing company
If you do decide to go with a professional yacht cleaning company, always make sure that before entering a contract, you check that they have in place all the correct and up-to-date insurance, should an accident happen.  For example CleanToGleam is covered by the IRCM’s specialist Marine insurance.  It is imperative that you consider this extensive policy for boat detailing as it is far superior to the less expensive public liability insurance (which is at present the industry standard) and would not fully cover your vessel should you discover any negligence/damage.

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