One of the joys of having a sailboat is (in all seriousness) restoring a boat to better than new. With my Precision 18, there’s plenty of opportunties for this. Today, I realized I wasn’t sure how to go about restoring the hull (the gelcoat is chalky, but there’s not many scratches) – what do I do, how do I do it and in what order?
Fortunately, I found a good article that gave what is essentially a hierarchy of steps for recovering / restoring the shine in the hull (after cleaning):
- try waxing,
- and if that isn’t sufficient then try polish,
- and if that isn’t sufficient then try compound
- and if that isn’t sufficient then try sandpaper
Fortunately, I tried waxing last year – and the results looked good.
So, now I’m on to Practical Sailor to read reviews on wax.