Be careful with painted surfaces. Most waxes have a small amount of abrasives in them to help polish. Paint may not take well to the abrasives. Don't want all that hard work to go to waste. Something like Awl Care which is designed for Awlgrip.
Wax can make a boat slippery. That being said I wax everything even the nonskid. I have never slipped due to it. I agree with the above advice on Collinite paste wax. I apply 2 coats on the hull in the spring and it will continue to bead water until the following spring.
Surfers wax is more like a candle. It clumps up when applied which is why its not slippery and used to grip.
This may sound crazy, but can anyone explain to me the difference between wax & polish? I understand polish goes on before wax, but what's the difference? Also, does compound qualify as a polish? I have read MS "Tips for......., and I think I will read it again before getting started.
Compounds have large abrasive particles within, that aggressively remove heavy surface oxidation and scratches. Polishes have smaller size abrasive particles that remove minor scratches and surface irregularities as well as swirls that result from using compounds. Depending on how heavily the surface is oxidized two “grades” of polish may be necessary such as 3M finessit polish followed by Maguiar’s #9 swirl remover, that has very small sized abrasives and can be considered a glazing substance. Wax, on the other hand, has no abrasives and fills in ultra fine surface scratches as well as seals the surface to provide an ultra smooth & shiny surface & also provides a surface protectant. Good idea, read Mainesail’s procedure for restoring a boat’s finish a couple times and follow it exactly. With heavily oxidized & neglected surfaces you may have to sand with wet& dry sandpaper before you even get to the compound stage. Don’t take any shortcuts. It is an arduous task,; however, you should get a nice result.
In addition to what BigEasy said....WAX is essentially artificial animal fat that is highly saturated to make it "hard"... so just like oil and water don't mix... one nice result is that wax is water repellent and keeps dirt and grime from settling on the surface.