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Just purchased my boat and I was speaking to the previous owner, he told me that he didn't use wax to polish the boat, instead he used a water/vinegar solution 50/50 ratio because he didn't want to strip any of the gel coat off. is there any truth to this or should I use wax and which is recommended- ease of application, removal, shine etc.?

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Wax does not strip off the gel coat. You need an application of wax/polish to protect the gel coat and prevent the gel coat from oxidizing. The only thing vinegar/water solution will do is strip off the wax, which you don't want to do.

Don't know where the previous owner got that idea......

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Wax does not strip off the gel coat. You need an application of wax/polish to protect the gel coat and prevent the gel coat from oxidizing. The only thing vinegar/water solution will do is strip off the wax, which you don't want to do.

Don't know where the previous owner got that idea......

+1 on what Jeff said. You want to apply a good quality wax or polish at least twice a year because it seals the gel coat and fills microscopic pores. Vinegar would remove wax and most likely speed up oxidation of the gel coat.

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you guy's ever hear about the Mayonaise thing? Supposedly the oil in the mayo makes the gelcoat real shinny........ I never tried it thinking about the rotten egg smell after it is in the sun awhile.?.

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Just purchased my boat and I was speaking to the previous owner, he told me that he didn't use wax to polish the boat, instead he used a water/vinegar solution 50/50 ratio because he didn't want to strip any of the gel coat off. is there any truth to this or should I use wax and which is recommended- ease of application, removal, shine etc.?

Under his breathe his was muttering - war eagle.

Listen to Jeff and RTR!

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I would reserve all condiments to boiled eggs and salads. Use only high quality marine grade waxes and cleaning supplies on your boat.

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agree with MPM

There is no easy way to keep a boat looking showroom

It takes hard work and pride in your boat.

And Marine grade products

Harry

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I boat in Mead and you will get water spots even if you wipe it down ever time. It happen to me the first year w/ the boat brand new. Had it detailed at the end of the first year and detail guy said you to use the vinegar/distilled water solution, 15% vinegar 85% water. Mead has hard water w/ heavy metals in it and the mix has kept it clean and spot free, which can really get baked on in the desert sun. I just wax it once a month during the summer. I was out last weekend and a buddy said just distilled water would work so I will try it and see how it works.

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For wiping mine down after use, I use Bass Boat Saver. H2ONUT introduced the product to me and it really works. Easy to use, quick, and leaves a nice finish as well.

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Syi

You might want to consider a portable water softener

It really works well for the final rinse and reduces the water spots

You will still need to squeegee of the water

Harry

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portable water softener

http://www.watersticks.com/p.htm

Harry

That looks like the water filter that I buy at Walmart for 18 deer. I have used the Walmart filter to rinse my boat after washing and it does dry with less spots.

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Mayo? Vinegar?

Sounds like the makings for a salad dressing...... :haha-7383:

There is no replacement for a good marine wax/polish and either a strong pair of arms or a good power buffer.

I also agree that soft water will leave much less water spotting.

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I boat in Mead and you will get water spots even if you wipe it down ever time. It happen to me the first year w/ the boat brand new. Had it detailed at the end of the first year and detail guy said you to use the vinegar/distilled water solution, 15% vinegar 85% water. Mead has hard water w/ heavy metals in it and the mix has kept it clean and spot free, which can really get baked on in the desert sun. I just wax it once a month during the summer. I was out last weekend and a buddy said just distilled water would work so I will try it and see how it works.

that solution does work great for a wipe down, it removes the water spots but you should work in an extra wax job as the wax will be removed quicker. I don't like the smell so I use a rough 75% water and 25% simple green. I wipe the boat down and do a quick walk around, any area that has a water spot or dirt ring quick blast and wipe off and good as new.

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Can't wait till Sunday I will try some butter and bacon grease after breakfast on board. :D

That should give a nice shine, but you may have a fly problem after that. :P

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