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Woody Wax – Boat Protection Made Easier

1Woody Wax Your Boat

When your boat takes a beating from the sun, salt, moist or dry elements, you have to give it some protection or your finish gets chalky, your rubber and vinyl gets cracked and dry and your metal begins to corrode, rust or pit.  Yet it is so hard to find the time for a traditional wax job. Woody Wax is the answer for giving your boat its badly needed protection in much less time than conventional waxes.  It also lets you wax your non-skid decks without making them slick.  You could never do that with normal wax.  Here are the steps I just took to coat my flats boat, and it did not take more than an hour’s worth of work, excluding dry times.

2Step 1

First step is to wash the boat to make sure you start the process with clean, grit-free surfaces.  Then leave the boat wet as the Woody Wax is applied to a wetted surface.

3Step 2

Woody Wax can be applied to the boat using a soft deck brush.  I made this older brush head my “Woody Wax” brush as it does tend to stay coated on the bristles.

4Step 3

The Woody Wax spray bottle has a stirring ball inside like a paint can, so shake it up before putting a light coating on your deck brush.  A little Woody Wax goes a long way, so a can is going to last you a while.

5Step 4

Now spread the Woody Wax on all surfaces and ensure an even coating.  I did the non-skid deck, rub rail, metal accessories and the insides of the hull.  Respray your applicator if it starts to get dry.  You can mist the boat with water to keep it damp too. Decks may get slick during this step, but will not be when finished.

6Step 5

Woody Wax is safe on your cushions, vinyl, plastic, and metal.  It does not turn white on plastic and rubber like a regular wax does.  That is a huge time savings right there.

7Step 6

Once the boat has been coated, come back and give it a good rinse starting at the bow and working aft.  Once done, let the boat dry for a while before the final steps.

8Step 7

Using a clean, dry cotton rag or my favorite, a micro-fiber cloth, begin to buff all of the surfaces of the boat.  A good brisk rub down will polish off a light film of hard wax.  Now your non-skid deck will clean dirt or blood easier, but will not be slick at all.  It is pretty amazing.

9Step 8

Buff off your vinyl and plastic surfaces and leave them refreshed and sealed against dirt and the sun.

10Boat Metal

You can also focus on doing the metal on your boat be it stainless or aluminum.  You can apply the Woody Wax with a rag or on a cotton glove and give all the metal a thorough coating.  Let haze and then buff off.  It removes oxidation and seals out contaminants.

11Woody Wax = More Fishing

With the time you save using Woody Wax, you can go fishing while still taking care of your boat.  Can you see the water beading on the deck?  It cleans much better without being slick.  Give it a try and remember a little Woody Wax goes a long way.  Get more tips from Capt. Scott on BD.

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Capt. Scott Goodwin started fishing in the lakes of Kentucky where he grew up. A move to Florida, however, brought him into a whole new realm of fishing. After receiving a bachelor's degree in biology from Eckerd College, he decided that he liked catching fish more than studying them and thus began his career as a captain. Scott began working as a mate on a charter boat and worked his way up to captain. He has been fortunate to fish in some of the top locations on the globe, including Florida, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Bahamas. Scott has learned from some of the best captains in the sport and has more than 27 years experience as a professional fisherman. He openly shares his knowledge and fishing tips on BD. Scott is now the editor of BDOutdoors.