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fredcandetail
03-16-2011, 09:15 AM
Believe it or not wool-rotary-D151 has been my go to product for medium to light oxidation on most boats
Great one stepper!

boykster
03-16-2011, 04:50 PM
I honestly can't find the forum that i used to read about boat detailing - I thought it was a sub-forum at the hull truth, but I can't find it.

matth9
03-16-2011, 07:13 PM
no worries, thanks for looking. I'm starting my buddies boat in a month and I will post pics of results

h_2_o
03-17-2011, 10:42 PM
OK sorry for the delay in pictures but here they are. this is the same spot but it looks like 3 different levels of oxidation. I guess the gelcoat is in worse condition that i thought it was in but hey i'm trying to fix it or at least help it out. So now comes my questions and sorry for still the beginners dumbness but hey here it is. I really would like to stick with a DA because i do not trust myself with the tools that most would suggest so knowing that going forward i'll probably get the griots 6" polisher.

What cutting pads and polishes would you guys suggest for this project?

I'm going to link to the images because they are large. if you want better quality or a side view of the boat or something let me know.

boat 1 (http://www.alternativemicrosystems.com/boat/b1.jpg)
boat 2 (http://www.alternativemicrosystems.com/boat/b2.jpg)
boat 3 (http://www.alternativemicrosystems.com/boat/b3.jpg)

thanks everyone for the help

h_2_o
03-21-2011, 01:03 PM
bump, anyone have any suggestions for a novice on this?

thanks

rrrwel
03-27-2011, 10:33 AM
I detail a 40 foot bridge every spring. When I first started it was in bad shape, it just wouldn't come back and took alot of effort. Now it's not bad. First I recommend using a rotary buffer with a good wool pad to compound, make sure your pads stay clean. Then follow up with a dual action buffer with a foam pad or by hand when sealing.

The products that finally brought it back to looking like new were from Gel Coat labs. They make a heavy cut and fine cut compond. Try the fine cut first, it did the job for me. Then follow up with their one step Polish. For a super shine and extended life layer on their surface sealant after that.

after you put the effort into that you can just do the one step once a year and you're good to go, although I'd still reccommend layering on the surface sealant too. It gives you that wow look and it's an easy on and off.

boykster
08-16-2011, 10:50 PM
Digging up an old thread because I spent the day at the marina working on my boat finish today. I had let the gel coat oxidize again after my last restoration - I got lazy and didn't polish / wax for a couple of years and paid for it.

I switched products from 3M this time and gave a product called Buff Magic a try. It worked great on the white gel-coat, but the blue stripe needed a bit of extra help so I went back to 3M marine rubbing compound first, then followed up with Buff Magic. To do the compounding I used a rotary polisher with white wool buffing pads. As someone mentioned, keep your pads clean (spur and replace as needed).

Buff Magic - Fiberglass Restoration - Yacht Brite: Chemicals | Shurhold (http://shurhold.com/marine/yacht-brite-chemicals/fiberglass-restoration/buff-magic)

I finished everything off using my DA polisher (red foam pad) and applied Pro Polish and removed it with a microfibre bonnet.

Pro Polish Wax | Shurhold (http://shurhold.com/pro-polish)

I only took one cellphone pic to show how the oxidation was polished out by the rubbing compound/buff magic combo. I'll try to post it later