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Do you need to wax a kayak?

You need to wax your kayak to keep clean and make is last a long time. Wax provides a layer of protection from the sun and makes it easier to clean.

To get the most of your kayak, you need to take great care of it. If you have a composite kayak, one of the ways you can care for it is to wax. When you apply the right wax, you give your kayak an extra layer of protection against damage such as damage from sunshine, dents, or scratches.

You may also wax your plastic or polyethylene vessel although this is not necessary. For plastic or polyethylene vessels, a UV protectant is all you need.

Besides adding an added layer of protection, there are also claims that waxing can help improve speed thanks to the smooth surface created by the wax which helps the kayak glide smoothly over the water. Don’t expect a drastic increase in speed though as the increment may be minimal or nonexistent.


How do you wax a kayak?

There are a few steps you can take to properly wax your kayak.

Let’s have a look at them:

  • It is important to thoroughly clean the kayak before waxing. If you are from paddling on saltwater, you need to thoroughly rinse it out with fresh water. You may use mild soap and water to further clean the kayak in preparation for waxing.
  • When you are done cleaning and riding the kayak of dirt, you need to let it properly dry.
  • Once dry, it is time to start waxing, make use of a microfiber fabric to aid with the waxing process. Ensure that the cloth is slightly damp before you start. If you are using a spray wax, spray it on the hull and use the damp cloth to rub it in.
  • When you are done waxing, leave the kayak to dry before polishing off the wax. Make use of another clean, dry microfiber piece of cloth for this. Put some elbow grease on it to ensure that the result is a shiny, brighter vessel!
  • After polishing, it is recommended to apply UV protector spray to your kayak to further protect it against the hush sun’s rays. Use a cloth to buff this in.

You don’t have to clean your kayak with mild soap and water every time you finish paddling. You may simply rinse it off with clean water. If on the other hand, you paddle on saltwater, then it is a good idea to thoroughly rinse it off with fresh water then clean it out with mild soap and water. Waxing is especially important for kayaks that often venture on salt water as it helps ensure limited damage to the hull.

You may need to spend extra time and energy waxing your composite kayak if you want it to last longer. Make sure that you find the right products to use.

Go with the right products suitable for the kayak’s material so as not to cause unnecessary damage. If you have a plastic kayak then you don’t need to wax it, you may simply make use of a UV protectant and you are good to go!

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