Features May 2008 Issue

Top Marine Wax Products

Top names from the 2005 long-term test go head to head.

The number of marine wax products on the market is staggering, and Practical Sailor has commissioned a series of projects to help readers make sure they get the best and longest wax protection for their money and effort. Our most recent full-fledged wax test ran for little over a year, with the results posted in the Nov. 15, 2004 issue. A test of cleaner-waxes—a different animal—was carried out in 2006-2007, with Star brite Heavy Duty Cleaner Wax and Restructure Marine Cleaner Wax coming out on top (Practical Sailor November 2007). Prior to those tests, a series of articles dealing with gelcoat protection were published. Two are posted online at www.practical-sailor.com under the "Tools and Techniques" section: "Plastics Versus Weather: The Nature of a Losing Battle," an interesting read for those curious about the chemical battles between your boat and the environment; and Nick Nicholson’s "Offshore Log: Gelcoat Maintenance," some hard-earned how-to-tips on gelcoat maintenance.

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