How to Detail Your Jet Ski

by David Montoya
Constant exposure to water requires regular maintenance of a jet ski's exterior.

Constant exposure to water requires regular maintenance of a jet ski's exterior.

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A thorough detailing of your jet ski, also known as a personal water craft, has more benefits than turning heads while out on the open waters. Regular exterior maintenance and cleaning stops some problems from progressing and turning into serious issues. For example, minor rust removal can keep severe damage and corrosion at bay. This, in turn, keeps your jet ski in proper working condition and aesthetically pleasing for a day out on the water or possible resale in the future.

Items you will need

  • Hose
  • Microfiber towel
  • Rust removal chemicals
  • Bucket
  • Car soap
  • Car polish
  • Vinyl protectant
  • Paper towels
Step 1

Turn on the jet ski while out of the water to allow the water inside the engine to filter out. This process takes upwards of 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the engine and turn it off once water stops filtering out. Let the engine cool before continuing with the detailing process.

Step 2

Spray the exterior of the jet ski with a hose. Use a high-pressure setting to remove dirt and debris from the exterior. Dirt and debris may scratch the paint during washing and polishing. When finished spraying, examine the jet ski closely to ensure you removed all granular dirt and debris. Dry off the jet ski with a microfiber towel.

Step 3

Apply rust-removal chemicals to any areas on the hull that show signs of rust or corrosion. Let the chemicals sit for several minutes and then begin to scrub away with a sponge. Continue rubbing in a circular motion until you remove all signs of rust and corrosion. Wash off the chemicals with the hose.

Step 4

Wash the entire jet ski with car soap and a sponge. Fill a bucket with water and car soap and mix the two together until you get a foamy mixture. Apply the soapy mixture to the jet ski and wash the entire surface. Wash off the soap with your hose.

Step 5

Apply polish to the fiberglass surface of the jet ski. Place a small dab of polish on a microfiber towel and rub into the surface using circular motions. Continue until you cover the entire fiberglass surface. Complete this step while the jet ski sits in the shade or indirect sunlight as direct sunlight may cause the polish to damage the paint.

Step 6

Spray vinyl protectant onto the vinyl seats. This restores any discoloration due to sun damage and creates a protective coating that keeps prevents additional damage.

Photo Credits

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