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Mike Phillips
07-31-2017, 07:45 AM
Thanks. It'll be hard to take if I can't get some shine back. It used to look pretty good even though it was old when I bought it.





Soon as you get a break in the weather simply go out and do a Test Spot.

I'm actually confident that the shine will come back easily.





I'll try what I've ordered first, but do you think another type of pad would be better?




You can't really use more aggressive pads. As already noted,

A: The paint is going to be thin from the factory. A more aggressive pad and anything more aggressive than a cleaner/wax is going to chew right through the paint.

B: Foam pads and a cleaner/wax will likely burn or abrade all the paint off all the hard edges, that's just how things work. Using MORE aggressive pads would just make the problem worse.


I've buffed things like this out before and it's not that bad. The paint is thin but it's single stage paint and single stage paint oxidizes easily BUT IT BUFFS OUT EASY.

So do yourself a favor and just do a quickie little test spot and I'm confident you'll see the shine come back and this will give you the confidence to tackle the entire project.



:)

Old Girl
07-31-2017, 04:48 PM
Thanks, Mike. I should be receiving the products on Thursday so, depending on the heat, I'll start early am or late eve that day. I'm really excited to see what happens! I'll take pics and this time with my phone turned sideways! Lol

Old Girl
07-31-2017, 04:51 PM
Were you able to determine what the siding actually was! AL, fiberglass or whatever?

Be safe in THAT heat!

Bill

Yeah, the heat has been brutal the last couple of weeks! Whew. I'll see if I can get a close-up of the siding.

Old Girl
07-31-2017, 05:45 PM
Ok. Well at least I got the pics in! The left pic was where I used the Marine 31 products. The right pic was washed only. Hope the close-up shows more detail.

It was 105 here yesterday and the power went out for over three hours starting around 5pm!

Thanks! Teri

BillE
08-01-2017, 07:21 AM
Welllll, that answers 'that' question---tis fiberglass.

Thanx for posting the pics.

Bill

GSKR
08-01-2017, 08:29 AM
That's a goner sorry to say. Even if managed to pull up anyshine it will revert back in 2 to 3 months.But do it anyway cause its a improvement.I would of used collinite preclean polish and top it off with fleetwax.All by hand to much heat from the pads may mat the finish leaving it dull and cloudy.

Old Girl
08-01-2017, 09:36 AM
Thanks, GSKR. I am going to work on it anyway. Guess it can't hurt. My products arrive Thursday so I'll give it a shot.

Old Girl
08-01-2017, 09:39 AM
Welllll, that answers 'that' question---tis fiberglass.

Thanx for posting the pics.

Bill

That's what I thought because of the fibers but it didn't show up in the ordinal pic. Thanks for taking a look:xyxthumbs:

PaulMys
08-01-2017, 06:41 PM
Hey Teri.

As a guy that has worked on fiberglass boat hulls for over 20 years, I can tell you the 'glass and whatever paint and/or gelcoat used is pretty much shot.

As mentioned above, it will more than likely look better after you apply a bit of product to it, but will very quickly reabsorb into the porous surface.

If I were to make a suggestion, it would be to do a test spot like Mike P mentioned, then wait a few days or even a week to see if it lasts.

Better to find out you wasted 30 minutes on a lost cause rather than a couple of days.

JMO, and just trying to save you some time. :)

Old Girl
08-01-2017, 08:06 PM
Hey Teri.

As a guy that has worked on fiberglass boat hulls for over 20 years, I can tell you the 'glass and whatever paint and/or gelcoat used is pretty much shot.

As mentioned above, it will more than likely look better after you apply a bit of product to it, but will very quickly reabsorb into the porous surface.

If I were to make a suggestion, it would be to do a test spot like Mike P mentioned, then wait a few days or even a week to see if it lasts.

Better to find out you wasted 30 minutes on a lost cause rather than a couple of days.

JMO, and just trying to save you some time. :)

Thanks, Paul. I will do exactly that. You're right, I don't need to spend time on it if it's not going to last any time. I'm taking care of my 84 (almost) aunt with advanced Alzheimer's and time is pretty thin. I want to do it, too for my sanity:bash:
What's left of it anyway. Thank you, again. I really appreciate all the great feedback. Teri

Old Girl
09-11-2018, 01:59 PM
Update: First, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I started this thread! Wow. I’ll finish this up by saying that the HDspeed worked well. I did another pass last October. The guy I sold it to finally picked it up a ew months ago. The shine was still there but, as others had posted, I don’t think it would have lasted long. I wasn’t going to work my butt off for someone that will not keep up the maintenance so that’s that.
I do want to make sure to tell everyone that helped me out on this a big thank you! I’ve learned so much from you all and appreciate all the help! I’m going to focus on my truck now as soon as all the rain stops. :buffing:

Mike Phillips
09-11-2018, 04:12 PM
Update: First, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I started this thread! Wow.


I do want to make sure to tell everyone that helped me out on this a big thank you!

I’ve learned so much from you all and appreciate all the help!

I’m going to focus on my truck now as soon as all the rain stops. :buffing:




Thanks for the update!


:dblthumb2:

Old Girl
09-11-2018, 06:52 PM
Thanks, Mike. I certainly appreciate all your help as well. I like that HD speed!

PaulMys
09-11-2018, 07:04 PM
Thanks, Mike. I certainly appreciate all your help as well. I like that HD speed!

Always great to have more members post questions.

Be sure to post any future questions while tackling your autos!

Old Girl
09-12-2018, 08:17 PM
Yes! I’m going to work on my red Toyota after the rains. Here’s the plan: wash thoroughly, Clay (if needed), polish and seal. This time around I’m going to use Meguiars #105, #205 and 21. I’m interested in how that turns out. Should be good and I just got the GG 6” and some lake country thin pro pads. I’m excited!