Waxing with our Dual Action Polisher

NOTE: Shurhold has since made improvements to the Brite Bonnet Final Polish Pad. The vapor barrier has been replaced with a traditional hook & loop backing, resulting in faster transitions between pads and a less messy experience. 

One of the questions I get asked the most is what is the proper procedure for waxing using Pro Polish on the boat. Pro Polish is a Polymer based surface protectant with UV inhibitors.  You use this in place of a traditional wax. So, lets take a look at what we need and how to do this.  Before we begin make sure you have:

  • Pro Polish
  • Dual Action Polisher w/ Foam Wax Pads
  • Brite Bonnet Final Polish Pad
  • Microfiber Towels

Start by setting up your polisher with a clean foam Pro Polish Pad.  These foam pads have dimples in them to help keep them cool and hold extra wax as you are working the surface.  You will need about 2 of each pad for every 25 feet of boat.

We will work in a small 2 foot square area at a time and move on as we finish each area.

Shake the Pro Polish very well before beginning.  Then, apply the Pro Polish in a ring pattern directly to the foam pad. Once the product is on the pad, place the pad face on the surface and then turn on the machine on.  We want to start at about a speed 3. The reason we start with the pad on the surface before turning it on or off, is to reduce slinging and mess of the product.

As soon as the machine is on we want to keep it moving using the following overlapping pattern.  You do not want to apply a lot of pressure.  On a horizontal surface the weight of the machine is enough.  On a vertical surface you want to apply light pressure.  Once we have done that pattern, we will do it again in the opposite direction.  You should slowly move through this pattern set a couple of times until the product haze begins to go away. Remember to turn the tool off before picking it up.

Now replace the Pro Polish Pad with the Brite Bonnett. Using the same steps and pattern as above use the bonnet at a slow speed like a 2 to buff the haze out to a final shine. When I go to my next area I like to overlap the last area by about 6 inches to make sure I do not miss any spots.  Then we start the process all over again.

Here are a couple of more tips and pitfalls to look out for:

  • Do not use too much product, it will create a mess.  Use just enough to cover your area;
  • Always apply product to the pad; and
  • Never turn the machine on unless it is in contact with the surface.

The number one question I get asked about waxing a boat is how many coats should I put on.  When using Shurhold’s Pro Polish think of it more like a sunscreen. Two or three coats today will not make it last any longer or work any better.  So I recommend  doing your first coat today and your second coat four months from now.

Until next time keep your boat CLEAN-N-SIMPLE!