On many deck boats, molded fiberglass with a gel coat finish makes up the structure of the hull, deck and some interior parts. To protect these delicate areas, regular maintenance is critical.
First, fiberglass should be washed regularly with a quality boat soap, such as Shurhold's Brite Wash, and fresh water. If the gel coat surface gloss cannot be restored by polish alone, owners should power buff with a compound, such as Shurhold's Buff Magic, followed with Pro Polish. If gel coat is not maintained and becomes heavily oxidized, light sanding may be required before buffing.
Gel coated and painted surfaces are very resistant to deep stains, but common surface stains can be easily removed with Shurhold's Serious Marine Cleaner. Shurhold's Brite Wash costs $11.98 for a 32-ounce bottle. A 16-ounce bottle of Pro Polish costs $22.98, while a 22-ounce can of Buff Magic is priced at $28.98. Serious Marine Cleaner retails for $11.98 for 32-ounce bottle.
Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold offers a free guide of five key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com/tips. For more information call 800-962-6241 or visit www.shurhold.com.