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Old 02-12-2007, 02:27 PM
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The boat I bought has not been waxed since it was purchased by the original owner in '03. The hhull is slightly stained but was removed in a test spot with 3M light oxidize compound. I used this on my old boat and it did ok. The sides could use just a coat of carnuba wax but I thought about compounding the bottom up to the water line and waxing after that. What would you do, have done, recommend, etc?

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Old 02-12-2007, 03:08 PM
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Buy some 3m fisesse-it. It's expensive and worth every penny. Buy/borrow/rent an electric buffer....the circular kind not the simple vibrating type. Fill a cooler with ice and beer. Stick in earbuds and turn on favorite tunes, place hearing protectors on over the buds. Buff like a mofo and prepare to be amazed with the results!

It's important to just buff a small area at a time and vary the pressure on the buffer as the material is used up and dries. If you do it right, you will have a new looking boat. Mine is an 89 and when I've finished it looks like a white mirror.
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The 3M Finesse-it is good as has been mentioned, and also Collinite #870. I think the 3M is slightly more aggressive. If you have access to a buffer it'll save alot of time and energy.
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Gary240,

Job is way easier with a polisher. Porter Cable makes an orbital polisher for about $115. The model I use is 7424. It is made specifically for polishing. It's not like an DA that is likely to cause damage if used. Be sure to use the proper counter weight depending on the size pad that you are using and you will have outstanding results. The unit is only about a foot long.




I get my 24 foot Seaswirl done in hours, top deck and hull. The really great thing is that you can send your wife out shopping and completely detail the car in a matter of an hour or so. When she gets home, she is happy as a clam and you can say that you spent all day slaving over it. Gets you some last minute fishing trip points!

Also, you can buy complete buffing pad sets. They include pads for heavy oxidation, a different one for swirls, another for apply wax etc. By using the proper pad, This will also drastically improve your results.

My boat is pretty new so for the most part I use McGuires cleaner / wax and then a liquid wax I buy from the corvette detail shop. If the wax is good enough for a Vette then it is definitely good for by fiberglass boat.

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Old 02-12-2007, 06:46 PM
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Good advice. Thanks guy's. looney, where did you get the orbital polisher?
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ok, Ive read the detailing tread of orbital verus non orbital. I have questions. when I purchased my boat this time last year, I had them completely detail it. It looked new when I picked it up. over the last year I have washed it 1/2 dozen times with dawn since I was not smart enough to read up on it first. needless to say, the finish is dull. I just bought some 3m finesse, now I'm looking for a buffer but my real question aside form the buffer is should I compound it with something more aggressive prior to the finesse? And if I do and while it may be overkill, would I really be hurting the gelcoat by doing so? I just had my flybridge and side panels repainted in awlcraft as I had removed my windscreen and a zillion screw holes the previous owner had installed for the glass panels and I went with strataglass tracked for a clean look. I'd hate to just use the finesse and then stand back and wonder if I should have used a primary compound first. lots of boat=lots of work to redo. I have also heard or actually read here a lot about Mequire's yacht wax. What does everyone think of this product? last about the buffer, I gave up looking in Home Depot and Lowe's for a regular non orbital buffer. I've seen sites with buffers, 7", but when I look at the accessories, I can't find 7" pads. Anyone have a one stop source to purchase the buffer and the different pads I need? Thanks for your feedback!
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I forget where I bought my Polisher. Never use rubbing compound if you can avoid it. The only time I use rubbing compound is on serious scratches in gel coat. If you do have to use a rubbing compound try the least abrasive and work your way up t the more abrasive ones. Remeber, compounding = removing actual surface. So be very carefull. I think there are several polishing compounds on the market that are not abrasive. This is typically what you want. You can also buy a polishing compound that is more abrasive too.

On my old boat, I had to use an aggressive compound. I applied and removed the agressive compound by hand. I would not use a polisher for applying and removing agressive compounds unless you really know what you are doing.

PS> I buy my pads from sonus. If you buy a detailers kit (around $60 and up) they will send you a cd on detailing cars and what pads to use. The information is excellent. I believe that most of the info on the cd is available on the web site too. I forget the URL just google sonus. Good luck.

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I've used the Porter 7424 lt sited - great little machine.

Meguiars makes an outstanding one step polishing compound - #67.
Apply with 7242 on a yellow foam pad for awesome results.

These pads perform well:
http://www.pinnaclewax.com/variablepad.html



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My boat sides are slightly stained. I have tried removing with 3M rubbing compound and an orbital polisher but have had no luck
removing the discoloration. If I try it with a good polisher will it make any difference and am I risking damaging the gelcoat?
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For the stains, go get some Collonites 920 cleaner....it's magic..

Also, I have the Porter Cable 7428...it can go down to 1000 rpms. GREAT machine for heavy or light duty.
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The porter is a good machine but I bought the Makita 9227 and it is amazing!! I use 3m Heavy duty rubbing compound to cut the oxidation off, Then use Finesse-it II to give it a good wet shine, and then use a good top wax and it will come out great. Just alot of work
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One stop shop for PC 7424 and pads I used http://www.autogeek.net/bupo.html you will find all of the information on how to use also. I purchased the Lake Country pads as they seemed to be the best value as you have to use different pads for different product applications, once educated you can shop around, ebay, etc. I always use 3M compounds and Collinite cleaners and wax, it seems to last the longest but more and more people are using Rejex with very good results and very little work to apply.
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