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Thread: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

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    Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console


    Now this is a real-world, hands-on learning experience. Learning to restore this boat back to new condition.


    25' Bluewater Center Console




















    This class is coming up fast. It's the only class like it in the United States and as far as I can tell in the world.

    Class date is Saturday, February 4th.

    Class cost is $450.00

    Here's the link to sign up on line

    Marine 31 Boat Detailing Class - February 4th, 2017



    Or call Andre at

    1-800-869-3011 x244


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    Re: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    I wish I could attend but being under 25 a rental car is impossible to get. Seems like the perfect boat.

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    Re: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    If you look carefully at these two pictures...





    Especially this tighter shot of the side of the hull....




    What you see are these lines showing where the last person that buffed out this boat tackled it section by section.

    You can see the buffer trails which is the path the buffer was moved over the side of the hull.


    My guess from looking at the appearance of the gel-coat is that like most boat detailers, the person that buffed this boat out did it the archaic old fashioned way using only a rotary buffer, wool pad and compound.

    The results are holograms in the gel-coat, which lead to faster future oxidation and deterioration.

    For anyone that doesn't know, holograms is the word used to describe and define the specific scratch pattern imparted into a surface from a rotary buffer and usually wool pads and compounds, polishes and cleaner/waxes. Just to note, you can also get holograms from foam pads on rotary buffers when used with compound, polishes and cleaner/waxes.


    See my article here,

    Holograms in gel-coat boats by Mike Phillips


    What we teach here at our boat detailing class is how to remove gross oxidation without leaving holograms. We also teach how to machine damp sand to remove the heavy, deep oxidation instead of using the archaic caveman method of using a rotary buffer with a wool pad.


    This class truly teaches how to work smarter instead of harder.


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    Re: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    I need to get down there and take this class...

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    Re: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    Do you have a plan for which products you'll be using, Mike?
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    Re: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    Quote Originally Posted by OTSDetail View Post

    I need to get down there and take this class...
    Do it.

    The most common question I get about the boat detailing class is,

    When is the next class?



    I get asked this AFTER the class.


    Since we only teach it once a year the answer is,

    Next year in February.


    We'll be promoting it at MTE and at the Stuart Boat Show and historically this class always fills up.


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    Re: Here's the boat for the 2017 Boat Detailing Class - 25' Bluewater Center Console

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoytman View Post

    Do you have a plan for which products you'll be using, Mike?

    Yes.

    Tools will include,

    FLEX PE14 Rotary Polisher- Always the first rotary buffers to be grabbed by the students - For compounding

    Makita Rotary Buffer - For compounding

    DeWALT Rotary Buffer - For compounding

    FLEX 3401 - For machine sanding

    RUPES BigFoot 21, 15 and Duetto - for the finish polishing step

    Griot's Garage 6" DA Polisher - For machine sanding

    Griot's Garage BOSS 21 and 15 - For the finish polishing step


    For compounding and polishing we'll use Marine 31 Captain's One-Step Compound and Polish. Just read my boat detailing book and you'll see WHY we use this to both compound and polish the gel-coat to perfection.

    For sealing the boat I have not decided yet. I want to showcase a coating since coatings will outlast waxes and sealants.


    Then of course tons of other products for all the other areas of the boat we'll address.


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