When it comes to boat maintenance and upkeep every mariner has their own opinion on how to do it right. With over 12 million boaters registered nationwide it is easy to get diluted in a sea of contradictions.

Detailing a boat involves a few key processes that can make the difference between a long seaworthy lifespan, or a rotting hulk soon to be discarded.

One of these integral processes is boat waxing. Learning how to detail a boat and when to wax your boat are parts of being a responsible waterman. Learn the basics right here with this quick read.

How Often Should You Wax Your Boat?

Boat detailing frequency entirely depends on how often you use your boat and what kind of conditions you subject it to.

If you are more of the “weekend warrior” type, you can detail your boat once or two times per year. Make sure to include including a wax with each as well.

Time one for the beginning of the season before it hits the water and another at the end before putting your boat in storage. If your boat starts to look grimy halfway through the season throw in a third wax/detail job then. 

If you use your boat every day or subject it to a more strenuous marine environment than your typical recreational boat outing you may need to increase this number.

If you start to notice that your boat’s hull is looking a bit shabby it may be time for a thorough wax. If you see an obscene amount of salt build-up, your paint starting to fade, or a lack of luster/shine on your hull it is time for a wax.

Tips for Detailing a Boat

Your best bet is always to contact a professional company that specializes in boat detailing. They can get your boat detailed the right way. They also save you the hassle of having to do it yourself. 

If you insist on tackling the boat detailing challenge yourself there are a few things you will need. The first is wax. You will also need a buffing cloth and other products.

You may also need some more advanced equipment like a rotating buffer. Only use this piece of equipment if you possess the adequate experience to avoid injury to yourself or damage to your boat.

When you wax your boat, expect a long process full of challenges. If you don’t have the adequate experience you risk damaging your hull or giving it an ineffective wax job. 

You should only attempt waxing your boat if you have adequate experience or are willing to learn and take risks. Keep in mind that if you try this on your own without prior experience you risk compromising your vessel.

For this reason, it is always a good idea to contact a professional to handle any boat detailing and waxing jobs on your behalf. 

Call a Pro

Boating is a relaxing and fun experience. Unfortunately, detailing a boat can be stressful if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s why calling a professional boat detailing service is your best bet.

Contact us today to get a free quote for your boat. That way you can get back to fun in the sun and let us handle the dirty work.