Polish for Metal, Plastic and Fiberglass
Promises: No ammonia; safely cleans, polishes, protects
Advertised on the back label as a cleaner, Flitz was one of two waxes formulated for metal but recommended by the label for fiberglass.
Results: Scoring an average “2” in reflectivity, there was no improvement after a second coat. The green dyed wax left a green tinge on the gelcoat. The hull staining and high cost factor earned it one of our lowest scores.
Premium Marine Wax
Promises: Protection from UV damage; enriched color and shine
Advertised to remove light oxidation, the product description suggests using the wax only after the surface has been cleaned and restored to a “like new” or “average” finish.
Results: The wax worked well and quickly with good cleaning capabilities to remove oxidation, boosting shine. It has a clean, pinelike aroma, rather than the petroleum odor most of the other waxes had.
Marine Liquid Wax
Promises: Protection from UV rays; exceptional durability and gloss; pleasant tropical scent
Touted as using “reactive chemistry that bonds to your boat’s surface,” Scotchgard's label makes no reference to cleaner qualities.
Results: The shine accomplished and the price rank put it in the middle group of contenders. We found the scent of the product to be petroleum-based with a hint of alcohol, not tropical.