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Old 05-09-2020, 04:51 AM
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I have a 2007 everglades 290 that hasn't had a good wax job on it in 3 years. What kind of buffer do I need for the top cap? And what product should I use to bring back the shine? I've got a dual orbital buffer that might do the job on the gel coat. I'm open to suggestions. Thanks
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There are quite a few choices. Start by checking out Shurhold Industries here on THT under Products and Services. They have a ton of good info.
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Id start by trying a small spot by hand to see what you are dealing with.Try some wax first . if still bad ,
then a fine compound before getting too aggressive .
wool pad on buffer with compound would be my next step.
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BUY A ROTARY POLISHER NOT A DUAL-ACTION RANDOM ORBITAL POLISHER. I learned the hard way last season, when I bought a Porter-Cable DA unit. It's a nice unit and I will probably use it on my car and truck, but a DA unit does not have enough torque for gelcoat. For a 13 year-old boat that hasn't been wax for a few years, you are going to need a rotary polisher (I went with a Dewalt) with a wool cutting pad. A DA unit cannot turn a wool pad with any rpm, and the foam pads on the DA will not be able to remove the oxidation..

The results this year with the rotary unit were twice as good in half the amount of time. I use 3M compounds and waxes, but there's a lot of good products on the market.
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Thank you very much. Any particular compound and wax to use? Will any wool pad be ok?
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I use a Makita rotary with 7 wool pad. 3M heavy cut and then finesse... finish with starbrite polish. Very pleased with overall results
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Originally Posted by rcurtis226 View Post
Thank you very much. Any particular compound and wax to use? Will any wool pad be ok?
I went with the Mikita hook and loop (velcro) wheel and wool pads. The white pad is for cutting and the yellow pad is for polishing. I ended up buying the polisher, wheel, and pads at HD.

As I said above, I went with the 3M Perfect-it system for compound and wax, but there are many good products out there and everyone has their favorites. Some swear by Mequire's and others love Collinite.
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Watch this guy's videos.
I got the Makita 9237 and polished then waxed. I did not have to cut, mine was not that bad.
I missed last year waxing the hull so the Polish brought back the shine. Waxing is so easy w/ 2 people that I"ve learned my lesson to keep the waxing up.
Different pads for polish vs cutting.
I got everything off Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSC...zh_J7GiDZTUv6w
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Thanks everyone!!
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someone asked this same question the other day
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Originally Posted by melnic View Post
Watch this guy's videos.
I got the Makita 9237 and polished then waxed. I did not have to cut, mine was not that bad.
I missed last year waxing the hull so the Polish brought back the shine. Waxing is so easy w/ 2 people that I"ve learned my lesson to keep the waxing up.
Different pads for polish vs cutting.
I got everything off Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSC...zh_J7GiDZTUv6w
Great Buffer! Will last a LONG time...I have one with MANY Miles on it. Works like new and No Bogging down like the Cheap crap.
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My daughter asked me to help her to wax her 20 year old boat which had been out in the sun for years. I have a Dewalt rotary with a wool pad and it just did not do the job so I tried wet sanding. I was very apprehensive but was amazed at the results. I found that gelcoat is much thicker than you think and almost impossible to screw up. I did wet sand by hand followed up with compounding, polishing and finally wax. I highly recommend the Dewalt rotary and 3M compound.
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Originally Posted by melnic View Post
Watch this guy's videos.
I got the Makita 9237 and polished then waxed. I did not have to cut, mine was not that bad.
I missed last year waxing the hull so the Polish brought back the shine. Waxing is so easy w/ 2 people that I"ve learned my lesson to keep the waxing up.
Different pads for polish vs cutting.
I got everything off Amazon.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSC...zh_J7GiDZTUv6w
9237 good for compound

you'd probably want a random orbital DA for wax
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Must be getting close to spring.
Use the search function and type in boat wax and compound. 245 pages

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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Must be getting close to spring.
Use the search function and type in boat wax and compound
Its like all the winterizing threads, right? lol
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
someone asked this same question the other day

And the day before that and the day before that even
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I like rotary Makita buffers, they hold torque better (personal feelings). For the average person and ease of finding compounds, Meguiars is the easiest to find and a wool pad. Case of beer, Biofreeze and some asprin

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Originally Posted by Toothpick 10 View Post
BUY A ROTARY POLISHER NOT A DUAL-ACTION RANDOM ORBITAL POLISHER. I learned the hard way last season, when I bought a Porter-Cable DA unit. It's a nice unit and I will probably use it on my car and truck, but a DA unit does not have enough torque for gelcoat. For a 13 year-old boat that hasn't been wax for a few years, you are going to need a rotary polisher (I went with a Dewalt) with a wool cutting pad. A DA unit cannot turn a wool pad with any rpm, and the foam pads on the DA will not be able to remove the oxidation..

The results this year with the rotary unit were twice as good in half the amount of time. I use 3M compounds and waxes, but there's a lot of good products on the market.
Listen to this guy:
Wasted a lot of time trying every DA and product.

Dewalt Rotary - first year w it and wow what a difference
For compound - Ive been using Smooth Pro-Cut 1000 - it compounds, and polishes out nicely (enough for my purposes)
Go over w any polymer or wax you like - I use collinite
Done
have fun
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Ditto on the Collinite, spend the time and do the two step 920 cleaner and then the 925 wax after buffing.

moonzy1 mentioned a compound, I like the Aqua Buff 2000. That being said I did not know there was that many 2' x 2' sections on a boat hull!!
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I hear ya.

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