6 Steps for Restoring Your Boat’s Gelcoat


Sometimes, doing some basic maintenance on your boat’s gelcoat can make it look brand new.

If you have a boat with a gelcoat, you’re already appreciative of how much of an effect it can have on the appearance of your vessel. Over time, though, scratches and stains may start to build up and take their toll on that aesthetic value. Thankfully, gelcoats don’t require big, costly paint makeovers and can instead benefit from regular maintenance routines to keep your boat looking pristine. Give these six tips a shot and make sure your boat and its gelcoat are in top shape.

1. Give it a Good Cleaning

First, you just need to give your boat a washing down with some boat soap. Soaps meant for marine use are going to do a much better job than anything else on the market. It’s easy to use as well, you just need to mix some soap with warm water in a bucket, dip a mop or sponge in the mixture, and get to cleaning.

2. Tape Off Fittings

Any fittings that can’t be removed must be taped off so they aren’t scuffed up by your buffering. This includes irremovable fittings such as the boat’s rub rail. Take advantage of an oxidation remover to buff your gelcoat with and use it to get a nice, even shine across the fiberglass.

3. Use Bee’s Wax

Next, you need to ensure some future protection. Apply a coating of bee’s wax just by hand. This is a great way to ensure that in the future, it will be easier to remove scales, fish blood, and chum stains and keep your boat looking how it should.

4. Add Some Polish

Bee’s wax isn’t the only protective coat you can use. Try applying either fiberglass polish, which should provide a long-lasting shine, or carnauba wax, which is known for giving a distinctly bright shine. It comes down to personal preference which one you choose. To apply the polish, you can use a power buffer or do it by hand.

5. Removing Any Excess

Once everything begins to dry out, you want to go over everything with your power buffer (with a new bonnet, of course) to remove any extra polish or wax that doesn’t need to be there.

6. Do a Second Coat!

If you want, you can always add a second coat. Just remember that the second coat should be done by hand because if you use a buffer, it could remove some of the first coating.

Reach Out to Tidewater Today!

If you’re in the greater Baltimore area and are in need of boat services, contact Tidewater Yacht Service at 410-625-4992 or by email at info@tysc.com. Our location is at 321 East Cromwell Street Baltimore, MD 21230. Get in touch with us today! Whether you need hauling, systems repaired, or storage, we have the experience and expertise to help. We’ve been providing our services to the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years and know how to properly handle your vessel with care.

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