Over time, a boat’s gelcoat succumbs to the rigors of the environment. Sun, salt spray and UV rays wear on the vessel’s hull, turning it chalky and pitted. Staining from bird droppings, dirty water and rusted fittings also affect the appearance. With the right tools and products, boat owners can easily bring new life to their investments, for significantly less than the cost of having the job done by a professional.

Using a modern, random orbit polisher virtually eliminates the possibility of burning or swirling the finish. They’re lighter and more effective than older models, so the work gets done in less time and with less effort. Tools such as Shurhold’s Dual Action Polisher Pro, combined with the company’s Buff Magic, quickly bring back a boat’s shine.

After a thorough wash to remove loose dirt and grime, grab a clean buffing pad. Shurhold has a helpful guide for pad choice on its website,