HOW TO Polish a Boat

Why do I need to polish my boat?

Well, boats are daily exposed to extreme weather conditions. Although they are designed to last and most of them do, polishing some of the most important areas will help protect and prevent from further deterioration.

So, what are the different surfaces that can be polished on a boat?

  • Fibreglass: Most boats are made of fibreglass, is extremely durable and easy to fix, also light weight and floats.
  • Stainless steel: Although its name says stainless, we are sorry to tell you that it actually stains and gets rusty. Most fittings on boats are made of Stainless Steel.
  • Fabric: Boat seats and sails are the most common areas for textile. While vinyl is more common than leather, some old style boats and high end might have leather seats.
  • Acrylic and glass: Windows are made of glass and screens are made of acrylic.


Once you understood the different type of surfaces, you can then decide what sort of polishing you’d like to do:


NOW, it’s time to get this rolling:

1- Clean, wash, get all dirt off the boat. How? use Autosol Boat Shampoo mixed with some water and a sponge.
2- Start with the biggest surface, in most cases this would be fibreglass. Using Autosol Rubbing Cleaner and Marine Shine polish in circular motion in 1 sq mt at the time. A scourer sponge is suitable but try not to rub to hard to avoid any damage.
3- Move onto the next surface, stainless steel. Same basic principles apply, working on small areas, an polishing in circular motions with a soft cloth.
4- Keep going to the next part of the boat, maybe fabrics of glass/acrylic.
5- You can repeat all of the above as many times as necessary.
6- Once you have polished the full boat, regular maintenance will keep the boat is perfect conditions.

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