Features March 2007 Issue

Boat Polish Test: One-Step Cleaner/Waxes

For this boat maintenance test, PS editors ditched the buffer and applied 11 one-step cleaner/waxes to three boats to see which would give the gelcoat that just-polished shine. After three months, five cleaner/wax-treated sections are still glossy and bead water.

At Practical Sailor, we’re always looking for boat maintenance shortcuts. Typically, restoring and protecting an oxidized hull is a two-step process, compounding with a mild abrasive, followed by waxing. This time, we looked for the lazy-man’s approach—so-called one-step cleaner/waxes. Among the contenders: Collinite 870, Meguiar’s 50, Restructure Marine Polish, Meguiar’s 67, 3M Fiberglass Cleaner Wax, 3M Clean & Shine, Interlux Premium, West Marine One Step, Star brite Cleaner Wax, and Simoniz Cleaner/Wax. After three months in the Florida sun, the shirkers route is looking pretty good.

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