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Old 11-13-2020, 04:38 PM
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Old 11-14-2020, 08:53 AM
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I have a new boat on order that I am hopeful will only require minor gelcoat correction and have little to no oxidation.
Could you suggest a polish or compound that would only have light cut and not require a separate polishing step ?
It would also be best if it did not contain any silicones or waxes that would need additional effort to remove prior to ceramic application.
I would be using a rotary DeWalt to polish. Could you also suggest a light correction pad to use with it ?
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You have two good options for a medium to light compound that would be ideal for your new boat. 3m Finesse it II is a light compound/polish that removes minor scratches and swirl marks. Glidecoat's Nano Compound is also a very good option to remove light to medium scratches and swirl marks. Both products will work for what you are looking for, only requiring a single stage. 3m's Perfect It ultrafine polishing pad, which is the light blue pad, would work perfectly with either one of these compounds. There are also plenty of pad options on Amazon, but you want to make sure it is compatible with your rotary buffer. I highly suggest using a foam pad as opposed to a wool pad, the foam pad will leave a more consistent finish with far less swirl marks.

I hope this helps!
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I use 3Ms perfect-it light to polish my Tiara which gives it a great shine. What pad would you recommend me to use they say to use the yellow wool pad? And is there any thing special I need to do to before I apply your Glidecoat coating? Thanks
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Originally Posted by Totalled Hooked View Post
I use 3Ms perfect-it light to polish my Tiara which gives it a great shine. What pad would you recommend me to use they say to use the yellow wool pad? And is there any thing special I need to do to before I apply your Glidecoat coating? Thanks
The yellow wool pad would work perfect with 3m's perfect-it light. In my experience wool gives the best results on Tiara gel coat. If you have areas with oxidization you may need to use a white wool pad and a medium cut compound before using the light polish and the yellow wool pad.
The prep is the most essential part of any ceramic coating application. In order to get the best performance out of the coating you want to buff and polish the surface to as good of condition as you can get, ensuring that you remove any oxidization, surfaces scratches and swirl marks. The coating it designed to lock in and enhance the current condition of the gel coat or paint, it does not hide imperfections in the surface. Once you have buffed the surface, you want to wipe all areas to be coated with denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol to remove any residue from the buffing steps, then you're ready to apply the coating.
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Okay great, I keep her up pretty good. There isn’t any oxidation to deal with. So after I polish her we’ll wipe her down with alcohol. Thanks for the quick reply.
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