Shiny pretty


I wrote a long post on waxing last year with application specifics and with thanks to the sources I pulled from.

In sum, the goal is to shine the gel coat and then wax to seal it and protect it. The shine should come prior to the waxing from successively finer “sanding”. We started with a 3M Rubbing Compound last year and this year we did not need to go that deeply because the hull was still shiny and beading water in large sections.

This year, after washing with IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate and a gentle brush, I started with the 3M Finesse-It II Finishing Glaze and then skipped the Meguiar's #09 Swirl Remover, which really does add shine but we ditched for expediency, and put two coats of Collinite Paste Fleetwax on most of the hull with 5 coats on our stern which gets the most abuse. I applied and buffed both as per last years recommendations.

And Estrellita 5.10b is a very, very shiny girl*.

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*Well, below the toerail at least. The deck needs some TLC.


  1. Wow! That's an impressive shine.

  2. You're not kidding when you say shiny ... really nice!