Waxing the metal structures and hardware on your boat is an essential part of keeping it functional and protecting the value of your investment.
Waxing metal can be a pain!
I know I got carpal tunnel from the many hours spent waxing on boats as a mate and captain, but this tip makes a big difference when it comes time to spread some metal wax. I use a two part system to wax metal. First I use Collonite Metal Wax to clean the oxidation and stubborn residue off the metal. I follow this with a coat of Collonite Insulator Wax. This second coat gives the water repelling protective coat.
Any wax is better than no wax.
To apply either type, I use a cotton glove as an applicator instead of a tiny square of rag (which is what gave me carpal tunnel). I have one glove for each type of wax.
First put on a rubber glove to protect your hand from marinating in chemicals and when the phone rings, you can strip it off and not be spreading wax around the boat.
Now slide the cotton glove over the top, and apply a glob of wax and spread it around the main part of the fingers and palm.
Use the glove as an applicator to get in hard to reach spots and around pipes.
Buff the wax with a clean, dry rag. I prefer a microfiber cloth. Don’t do the entire structure as the wax gets too hard and will fight you coming off. Do a four-foot section at a time.
You can store the glove in a zippered bag to save for next time.