Boat Gel Coat Care & Tips
High gloss boat gel coat looks absolutely phenomenal when taken care of. Here are some tips on how to maintain the gel coat on your boat- don’t let the sun, salt, and weather deteriorate your boat’s gel coat!
The #1 Way to Protect Your Gel Coat
A buff and wax or detail is by far the best way to bring out the shine in your gel coat and maintain it over the years.
If you apply a high quality wax to your boat every 4-6 months and wash her down every month with a light wash/wax, you will NEVER have to buff. Buffing is only necessary when your gel
coat is oxidized.
The gel coat becomes oxidized if you neglect to wax the boat every 4 months. Now if your boat is oxidized, you may notice that a white chalky residue comes off when you rub your hand on the gel coat. This means that it will have to be buffed! Buffing is not an easy process and you should leave it to the professionals if you have never buffed.
Buffing is done with an electric buffer and a compound or polishing material. Wet sanding is also an option, but I prefer buffing to wet sanding any day. Wet sanding can leave permanent scratch marks on your boat if done improperly.
Your boat or yacht is an investment, and it is essential to protect your investment! You must wax the hull often, and wash down the hull monthly with a wax/wash treatment. Buffing and or waxing your boat is a very time consuming process and normally requires a heavy duty buffer to get the job done. At Swift Marine we have a team of trained professionals who have years of experience buffing, waxing, and managing yachts.