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Removing Gelcoat Oxidation [I made a video]

Old 04-09-2019, 05:40 AM
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Default Removing Gelcoat Oxidation [I made a video]



I get more questions about this topic than any other in the boat repair business so I am making a series of videos to explain. Once you understand the process and have good products it is alot easier. When the next videos come out Ill post them here. Let me know what questions you have. Brian
Old 04-10-2019, 05:15 AM
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Great video, thanks for posting! I have a question about how much product to use. In your video it looks like you just put a few drops on the pad. How do you know how much wax or compound to put on? After watching I am thinking I am applying way too much to the pad
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Originally Posted by seapro15 View Post
Great video, thanks for posting! I have a question about how much product to use. In your video it looks like you just put a few drops on the pad. How do you know how much wax or compound to put on? After watching I am thinking I am applying way too much to the pad
Good question. When compounding I use 5 roughly nickel size drops of compound(Presta Super Cut). If the pad is new I put a little more on there the first couple of sections. Polishing I use about half as much.

Im glad you asked that question. Im making so more videos. The amount of product on the pad is so second nature to me I would have forgotten to point that out! That video was really just an overview without getting to far in the details.

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I've never had a colored hull always had a white to off white boat for the past 20-30 years. My new to me boat is "Carolina Blue" I realized last week that it looked really good but still just a touch dull anything you can advise me to think about now with a darker boat?

In the past when I bought my boats I would, compound, polish then three coats of Collinite 885 in the Spring and usually I put one coat on in August even though water beads and falls off of it. After that the hull was always nice so every Spring I would just go with either Colinite 920 "Hull Cleaner" then 3 coats of 885 or Once around the boat with Colinte 820 (Cleaner Wax) and 2 coats of 885. Should I be doing something different?
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I've never had a colored hull always had a white to off white boat for the past 20-30 years. My new to me boat is "Carolina Blue" I realized last week that it looked really good but still just a touch dull anything you can advise me to think about now with a darker boat?

In the past when I bought my boats I would, compound, polish then three coats of Collinite 885 in the Spring and usually I put one coat on in August even though water beads and falls off of it. After that the hull was always nice so every Spring I would just go with either Colinite 920 "Hull Cleaner" then 3 coats of 885 or Once around the boat with Colinte 820 (Cleaner Wax) and 2 coats of 885. Should I be doing something different?
Colored hulls are more difficult because they oxidize faster. Luckily Carolina blue isn't too bad. This video will explain what I do to boats I take care of year(colored or white) round to keep from oxidizing. This will keep them looking darn near new for a long time.

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Great info. If you do one on the boats interior can you list some of the different pads/tools to get into all of those little areas.
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Great info. If you do one on the boats interior can you list some of the different pads/tools to get into all of those little areas.
Thank you. I am making an upcoming video on buffer extensions and other tricks for tight areas. The inside of boats can be a minefield of obstacles. If you see something Iím leaving out or not covering, please let me know! Sometimes I forget to include things that are second nature to me just because I do it all the time. However, if you not done it much itís critical info that Iím leaving out... Agh... yeah... Whoops, my mistake!

Iíll post them here when there done. If you havenít already, subscribe to the channel and youíll get notifications.

Thanks,

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What backing pad should be used for the buffing pads? I bought a harbor freight model hi speed buffer and I'm not sure about what should actually be purchased to be used under the buffing pads? Foam? Waffles? Velcro? Thanks.... Going to order presta buffing pads when i get your response.
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Originally Posted by barqs View Post
What backing pad should be used for the buffing pads? I bought a harbor freight model hi speed buffer and I'm not sure about what should actually be purchased to be used under the buffing pads? Foam? Waffles? Velcro? Thanks.... Going to order presta buffing pads when i get your response.
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I use 3M. But I think Shurholds or Prestaís would be fine if you want a lower cost option.
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Thank you!! These videos are truly helpful! One question I have is the speed of your polisher? Where do you set it for compounding, polishing and waxing?
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Thank you!! These videos are truly helpful! One question I have is the speed of your polisher? Where do you set it for compounding, polishing and waxing?
Your welcome. Glad it helped. 1500 rpms is a good speed for compounding and polishing when you donít do it every day. You generate more heat the faster you go and the buffer gets a little more difficult to handle. I do go faster in some situations but itís not something I recommend when your first starting. Be careful on the inside on tight areas. The buffer can can catch on something and fly out of your hands violently. Slow down to 600rpms and then increase when or if you can. More videos coming on this soon. Subscribe to the channel and youíll get notifications when they come out.

Which polisher are you using btw?
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I actually just bought a new Dewalt DWP849X. I havenít used it yet, so thatís why I asked.
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I actually just bought a new Dewalt DWP849X. I havenít used it yet, so thatís why I asked.
I donít have any experience with the Dewalt but Iím sure itíll do fine. Iíve always used a Makita 9237 or its predecessor 9227.

Good of luck with it. If you have any more questions you can always catch up with me here or on Youtube.


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I actually just bought a new Dewalt DWP849X. I havenít used it yet, so thatís why I asked.
I probably need to do another one comparing the Dewalt and Makita.

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Thanks for the videos and general information. Is there a Porter Cable that compares to the Makita?
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Thanks for the videos and general information. Is there a Porter Cable that compares to the Makita?
No, they donít make a rotary buffer. Dewalt, Milwaukee and a few others make rotary buffers. The Makita is just a bomb proof machine. Almost every pro I know uses one.

Not to to say the others wouldnít work well. But for basically the same money I would suggest getting the Makita. You canít go wrong there.
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Nice thread....helpful...
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Thank you.
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very good video. Thank you.
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Do you recommend spraying with a mist of water at any point??

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