Originally Posted by Hudson Force
OK, Barnakiel, it's time for me to ask my stupid question, but I've asked plenty of stupid questions in the past. If you only wax your topsides once a season, how often is that? Where I'm from this would be four times a year, but people from the northern areas of the US count one boating
season per year.
I'm just curious. Waxing the topsides is a tedious and difficult job that doesn't often produce dramatic results on my 43 year old gel coat. I do some cleaning
and area work, but I don't often get a full topside wax each year.
Oh, you know, my lose way of telling things.
By once a season I understood once a year. I always try to do it full monty and real well while in the boatyard. But the bigger boats I work on are not in the yard every year so I will also do it in between the yards, from the dinghy
- the top part with equipment
and the last 4 inches by hand.
I normally hire people to do it (the boats are normally 50 to 80 ft long) but I remember waxing and polishing a 46 HR from the dinghy
. It was a two day job - one side per day, and I did have to go thru some areas twice. Mind I am an extremely slow worker, I take no breaks, I do not smoke and to not take Med style siestas either = 16 full hours of pure work on a 46 ft boat with relatively tall topsides.
IMHO it is OK to go without any waxing for extended periods of time. But I too think that gelcoat
, especially the dark colors, last longer and look better if they are never left too 'dry'. I may be wrong with this, I am not too much into gelcoat
technology (very many big boats have painted topsides).
On my own boat, I am way more lame with waxing and buffing - I only do it when the gelcoat is no longer glossy.