WAX OR POLISH?
Q: What’s the difference between boat wax and boat polish?
John McCaffery San Francisco, California
A: In a simpler world, wax is a protective coating that goes on top of a substrate and helps enhance and preserve shine. Polish is a substance containing mild abrasives or chemicals that wear a small surface layer away from the substrate in order to allow a clean, bright surface to show. A polish may include some form of wax or other protectant.
In the actual world, the terms are muddied by dozens of makers competing for boat-detailing dollars. Many products are combination formulas. I suggest focusing on what you want to achieve and then asking fellow boaters what has worked for them.