View Full Version : wash marks

08-22-2008, 07:07 PM
I am wondering what is the best way to get rid of the small wash marks that seem to be most noticable on the black part of my boat (I know get a boat that isn't black :)?
I have tried waxing and also using a swirl remover and that hasn't fixed it to my satisfation because I can still see them in the direct light.
I would like to get rid of them so any suggestions would be great.

08-23-2008, 09:01 AM
What in the world are you washing with to leave marks, Brillo pads, brush, lawn rake, etc. A soft terry towel with soap is all you need, rinse and towel dry.

08-23-2008, 09:15 AM
Do you mean water spots? I can't think of any common way to wash a boat that would leave swirl marks. And if you've found one, I'd use a different method.

You're not using some kind of bristle brush are you?

08-23-2008, 02:23 PM
Nope not water spots. They are just some small scratches in the gel going around the back corners of the boat and only on the corners. They maybe not from washing as I do use a soft towel for washing and another clean one for drying (only use the rake in the fall). I was just looking for some suggestion about how to best deal with some small scratches. I guess saying that they are wash marks might not have been the best way to describe them.

08-23-2008, 03:34 PM
They could be rope marks and a little fine polishing compound and wax should clean them up.

08-23-2008, 06:49 PM
Agree, polishing compound. Maybe a little 800-1000 grit sandpaper first, if they're deep enough to need that.

08-23-2008, 09:08 PM
WET sanded of course!

08-23-2008, 10:07 PM
Macquires Detailing Spray Wax,,,,,,,,,,nano Wax,,,,,,so Easy And Is Fantastic With Black,,,,,,,,you'll Love It

08-26-2008, 10:04 AM
I don't think that they are deep enough to need sanding (I hope anyway).
I will try a polish first and see where that takes me.

08-26-2008, 11:57 AM
Polishing compound and/or 3M Finessse-It with a buffer. Are these scratches up on the gunwale? Perhaps they're from your cover?

08-26-2008, 06:06 PM
Wash Marks,

She was the evil step sister of Groucho....

08-26-2008, 07:57 PM
Wash Marks,

She was the evil step sister of Groucho....

Much like Dollie Parton's sister Begyour Parton!39519

09-10-2008, 09:46 PM
800-1000 grit wetsand is way too course more like 1500-2000 is more necessary, ditto on the eagle one nano wax its excelent. buffing with light compound and finesse will work great too. when you wash make sure towels are clean before and try using a california waterblade to dry. it speeds up dry time by ALOT and doesnt scratch. i work at a body shop and i deal with stuff like that on fresh paint. if it works on fresh paint it for sure will work on older paint and gell coat just courser compounds may be needed. goood luck