Boat soap revisited

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by sbw1, Oct 10, 2018.

  1. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_3576.JPG IMG_3574.JPG IMG_3572.JPG It's a little early to debate waxes and soaps, but I took three pix of my boat after it had been in the water for 6 months with no exterior maintenance to the gel coat other than a weekly wash with water containing a shot glass of Woody Wax Ultra Pine boat soap. The boat was polished with 3M finesse and waxed with Flagship before launch in April. I think it looks pretty good since it has not yet been detailed for the 2019 season. Pix were taken last week. I plan on doing the same routine next year. Boat soap brand is almost more important than the wax we use. Woody clearly removes dirt without removing wax.
     
  2. Quint4

    Quint4 Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    S.W. Ohio
    330 Sport Bridge
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    I use the same soap and my boat always passes the "10 foot stare" test.
     
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  3. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    Can they get those boats any closer together? Tough to work on the hull!
     
  4. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    404
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    Nice... I'm gonna get some woody ...lol
     
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  5. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    I agree. My only complaint with this marina. Fortunately our boat has enough flare to it you can actually reach about 98% of the hull. Finish is done in the spring when boats start to be moved outside. Has not really been an issue but requires some "communications" with the staff at the right time before launch.
     
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  6. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    I have had two well known detailers in our area tell me to stop buying expensive wash and go to Turtle Wax Wash/Wax.

    They are using it exclusively and say it does not strip wax and I must say it leaves a great shine!

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    Bennett
     
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  7. M Prod

    M Prod Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    580
    Oct 6, 2017
    North Vancouver, BC
    2005 Sundancer 340
    Aquapro Dinghy w/ Honda 8hp
    Kohler 5KW Genny
    Raymarine Electronics
    8.1 Horizons /V Drives
    How does it do (Woodys) with black streaks/fender marks? I wash my boat during the season regularly with a wash wax combo and the water beads for the entire season without needing to apply more wax, but those dang fender rub/black streaks. They're light, but definitely noticeable ..especially in the shade.

    Stuff like this:

    Streaks.jpg
     
  8. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    470
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    +1 for Woody's Wax Ultra Pine boat soap. My boat was detailed in April also and nothing but weekly washes during the season and here's a pic from late Sept. I don't have any pics with it out of the water because I'm still in....:D[​IMG]
     
  9. LTD.330

    LTD.330 Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Lake Erie
    1999 Sundancer 330
    7.4 MPI
    A professional marine boat cleaning service in my area also uses Zip Wax. The guy two boats down from me has them come out every week to wash his boat and it looks fantastic all season long.
     
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  10. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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  11. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    I asked a crew member who was washing a hundred foot yacht on the main dock in Harbor Springs what he was using for soap. He told me he was using a cheap liquid soap with detailer wax added to it. So apparently, detailer wax, whatever that is, makes some of these products work. His boat looked perfect. I believe people who are having to rewax boats in mid season in the Great Lakes are clearly using the wrong cleanling products assuming they did a competent job of spring detailing at the beginning of the season. Florida and other intense climates may call for different measures, but even there you need to start with wax sparing soaps.
     
  12. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    my favorite.....

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  13. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    450 Sundancer
    3126 Cat's
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  14. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    87A2739E-1AD5-44F1-8809-3BC1D0DB9A27.png I’m sure woodys wax is good stuff I wanted to share my experience with 3M perfect-it.
    Boat was compounded last year by the co. That painted the boat using step #2 and then 3M wax , I reapplied 3M wax in May of this year and it looks fantastic still. I only use the 3M wax in the line up it is by far the easiest wax I have ever used.
    They’re soap will not remove wax.
     
  15. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Joe, it's time to put your boat away and wax your skis or tune up the snowmobile.
     
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  16. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    947
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    I put strips of isinglass on the rub rail to act as a drip edge. Haven't had those streaks all year.
    20180528_133337.jpg
     
  17. Ezsteps

    Ezsteps Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    470
    Nov 14, 2015
    Lake St. Clair-- Michigan
    1999 400 Sundancer, YL310 Zodiac
    7.4 Mercuisers Horizons 380 hp ea., 9.9 hp Mercury
    I don't do the winter stuff. I know I'm living in a bad place to hate cold and snow as much as I do, but the summers here are worth it. I have a few of my winter activities planned already. November = Fort Lauderdale(FLIBS), January= Cruise, End of February=Florida and the Keys (which usually goes into March) and we'll see if that is enough sun to last till April when the boat goes back in.:D:D
     
  18. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Sounds like a good winter plan.
     
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  19. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    726
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    Hope to see you guys at FLIBS this weekend.....if you don't see me, please ask the hostesses to find me!

    Capt. Rusty
     
  20. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island.
    2005 500DB
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Rusty our group is not making it this year, we’ll prob see ya in Miami though. Have a great show.
     

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