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58LesPaul
02-14-2017, 07:57 PM
I'm getting an older boat, 2003, and the gelcoat looks pretty good but want to take it to the next level. Can I do it with a GG6 and Griots fast correcting cream and polish or do I have to get a rotary and gelcoat compound/polish?


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Coastalf350
02-15-2017, 01:30 AM
If you can post pictures of the boat that would greatly help. Even on boats with no oxidation but do have water spots the Rupes blue pad and Marine31 captains one step make it come out great!

With the Captains compound breaking down more after each pass it helps to refine the surface.


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58LesPaul
02-15-2017, 07:28 AM
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/jtindle/FullSizeRender.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/jtindle/media/FullSizeRender.jpg.html)

Mike Phillips
02-15-2017, 08:20 AM
Does the gel-coat have metallic flake in it?


If it does, is the surface so weathered you can actually feel the flake? (a very rough feel)



:)

Mike Phillips
02-15-2017, 08:24 AM
I'm getting an older boat, 2003, and the gelcoat looks pretty good but want to take it to the next level.

Can I do it with a GG6 and Griots fast correcting cream and polish or do I have to get a rotary and gelcoat compound/polish?




If it looks good and feel smooth then the GG6 with a foam cutting pad and the Fast Correcting Cream and the Perfecting Cream should handle it easily.

You might not even need the Fast Correcting Cream. I'd suggest testing foam cutting and polishing pads, gel-coats don't seem to like soft foam pads for any type of correction work. They're good for machine application of a finishing sealant like the Griot's Finishing Sealant though.


Cool boat.


:)

58LesPaul
02-15-2017, 09:47 AM
Does the gel-coat have metallic flake in it?


If it does, is the surface so weathered you can actually feel the flake? (a very rough feel)



:)

Yes it has metallic flake but it's smooth. It just needs a good polishing to bring out the shine.


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58LesPaul
02-25-2017, 06:58 PM
Update, after using an orange cutting pad and Fast Cutting Cream it brought out a lot of shine but as you might be able to tell in the picture, the valleys are still dull. Will a MF pad get that or do I have to wet sand?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/jtindle/IMG_2280.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/jtindle/media/IMG_2280.jpg.html)

Also, are there any attachments that I can get that will go on this air tool for using like a 2" or 3" pad? I have a lot of small areas I need to get a polisher to and don't want to have to buy a small one.

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/jtindle/IMG_2281.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/jtindle/media/IMG_2281.jpg.html)

58LesPaul
02-25-2017, 09:34 PM
I accidentally deleted the bottom photo from photobucket and now it doesn't show up on the app, so I'll post it again since I can't edit

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/jtindle/IMG_2281_1.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/jtindle/media/IMG_2281_1.jpg.html)

58LesPaul
02-26-2017, 08:13 AM
Nobody?

58LesPaul
02-26-2017, 08:16 PM
I posted this in the boat and marine board but didn't get an answer so I thought I would try here.

I used my GG6 with orange LC pad and GG Quick Correcting Cream and shined the gelcoat up quite a bit, but when you get at an angle you can see light spots here and there. Will a MF pad with a difference compound get those light spots or will I need to wet sand?
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/jtindle/IMG_2279.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/jtindle/media/IMG_2279.jpg.html)

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/jtindle/IMG_2280_1.jpg (http://s2.photobucket.com/user/jtindle/media/IMG_2280_1.jpg.html)

PaulMys
02-26-2017, 08:23 PM
Those look like low spots that the pad/product isn't reaching. Is the gel coat as rough as the pics make it out to be?

58LesPaul
02-26-2017, 08:43 PM
No, it feels rather smooth. Do you think a MF pad will take care of it? Do I need a different compound?

Thanks

gdubs4013
02-26-2017, 09:27 PM
I think you will need to wet sand to get it perfectly smooth.


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58LesPaul
02-26-2017, 09:33 PM
So I assume this is orange peel and my compound is not getting to the low spots? Was it sprayed with the orange peel or does it develop over time?

PaulMys
02-26-2017, 09:45 PM
Very few smaller (high production) boats have smooth gel coat. It's quite thin, and not cost effective for the company to wet sand it perfectly smooth.