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Fresh wax job looks bad..what gives?

I just got my boat back from the yard after they did numerous repairs. One of the things they did was wax the whole thing. Now, the hull looks great, but after I washed off the dust, the deck doesn't. It has this gray, cloudy look to it, when it should be bright white. Even heavy scrubbing with boat soap doesn't seem to take it off. Any idea what this is? It didn't look like this before the wax!


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I think you are talking about the deck - not the topsides?

I have not seen anti-skid on a boat topsides before.
Was your deck bright white before?
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Hmmmm...apparently I misplaced my topsides, or my nautical dictionary! Yes, I'm referring to the deck, and it was bright white before.
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Looks like they didn't wash the deck or compound the oxydized gelcoat...and just waxed over it all...

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Who cares how shiny your deck is! It does not affect performance at all. I guess you could have this fixed, or nag the boatyard to redo it, but you aren't going to make any friends doing that! I would suggest just letting it go, and fixing it when the time comes to rewax.
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Methinks you'll have to strip and redo.

Dawg nailed the problem.
There are products available that you can use to completely strip off the wax and dirt the yard "forgot" to remove.
Good luck with it. You do have some work ahead.
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Who cares how shiny your deck is!
Ummm...most boat owners?

Soulfinger, what does the yard have to say about it?

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My guess is some idiot was sanding their bottom nearby (without a vacuum), dust flying everywhere and some settled on your boats deck, then over night the dew wet the paint.

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Did you pay for a wax job, a buff and wax, or a strip, buff and wax?
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T37 is spot on.Fresh wax seems to be a magnet for airborne bottom paint dust.My company details boats,if we are asked to wax a deck while boats on land in yard,we warn owner of this risk.Worst part is you cannot wash discoloration away-wax job must be re-done. Not yards fault, but a predictable outcome to deck wax on the hard.
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