Boat wax vs car wax – Difference we should know before using it

People tend to get confused between the boat wax and car wax given to its some functions. However, due to their similarities, people tend to think they can use one for the other. Although they have some functions, there are some points that one should consider before using the boat wax instead of car wax. To help you differentiate between these wax types, let’s go through their properties and the differences between car wax and boat wax.

Car WaxCar Wax

Car waxing is a process by which an exterior protective layer is coated on the outer parts of the vehicle’s body so that it remains protected. Wax forms a thin layer of transparent protective coat on the body of a car, and thus due to this, possibilities of scratches and paint oxidation is reduced.

 It also improves the overall appearance of the car and also adds a glossy layer to the paint. Applying car wax regularly on the automobile enhances the overall appearance of the vehicle and greatly impacts the resale value. Also, while washing and cleaning the car, the dirt particles get rubbed on the body resulting in scratches. So to avoid these scratches, the waxing process is used.

Boat WaxBoat Wax

Boat wax, popularly known as marine wax, is applied on the exterior body of the boats to maintain its color, shine, and goodness of a gel coat finish (Gel coat is the top layer of material used in making boat). Boat wax is a water-repellant, and thus it protects the boat from damage caused by saltwater and algae. By applying boat wax regularly, it makes the cleaning of boat surface easy, prevents paint oxidation and dirt can also be washed out with minimal efforts. 

As boats are exposed to sunlight for a long time, their color starts to fade out with time. But this can be prevented with the help of boat wax, and it will also add shine to the paint.

Boat wax vs car wax

Car Wax

Boat Wax

A car wax consists of a blend of carnauba wax, beeswax, and natural oils. Sometimes petroleum distillates are also added to wax for enhancing its properties.Boat wax consists of natural-based carnauba wax and sometimes some sort of synthetic ingredients are also present in it. When synthetic materials are used in making a boat wax, then it is labeled as sealants. 
The wax protects the car from rainwater, dirt, scratches and harmful Sun Rays.This wax protects the boat surface from saltwater, dirt, algae, and UV rays of the sun and other extreme conditions prevailing in the ocean.
The wax protects the clear coating of the paint that is applied to the car. Wax adds extra shine and also extends the longevity of the paint.As the boats are painted using gel coating, it is prone to oxidation due to sun exposure and also the marine conditions. Boat wax generally has UV inhibitors and water repellent properties that help in preventing such oxidation.

Now that we know the differences between both types of wax let’s go through one of the most frequently asked questions.

Can you use car wax on a boat?

Car wax can be used in place of boat wax if and only if the outer fiberglass surface of the boat is not oxidized. However, using car wax in place of boat wax is not recommended. The chemical composition of car wax is much different than that of the boat wax. Moreover, it will not last long on the boat surface, and it will require frequent re-application of it. As the gel coat of the boat is more prone to oxidation, only marine waxes should be used, and it will last longer.

Concluding Remarks

Be it a car or a boat, waxing the outer body of the automobile/boat regularly helps us to protect it from exterior damages and thus, saves your money. Moreover, car wax and boat wax contain different chemical compositions so it should be used accordingly on the relative surfaces.

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