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    Pictures: 16' Key Largo Center Console - Detailing Class - July, 2013

    Pictures: 16' Key Largo Center Console - Detailing Class - July, 2013


    From July of 2013



    Here's where we started... a 2007 16' Key Largo Center Console Boat that has not been polished or waxed for years...


    Dull, oxidized gel-coat, no shine, no reflection, rough to the touch...





    Oxidation over all the console and stained, oxidized chrome surfaces...





    We're going to use a number of Marine 31 products to restore this boat. For the gel-coat finish we're going to use the Marine 31 All-in-One Gel Coat Polish & Wax, this is a light one-step cleaner/wax for mildly neglected gel-coat surfaces. It will clean, polish and protect in one-step.

    To apply it, we're going to use dual action polishers but bump up their cleaning and oxidation removing ability by using the new Lake Country Purple Foamed Wool DA Pads, which are thinner so they will rotate better under pressure on dual action polishers. Thick pads don't work well on these types of tools, especially when doing heavy correction work.






    Here's Steve working on the hull, this was the first time Steve had used a dual action polisher so I started him out with a 5.5" White CCS Foam Polishing Pad as the extra cushion provided by the foam will make getting the feel for the tool easier than the thin, rigid PFW pads.








    Here's Marcos using the Porter Cable 7424XP with the new thin PFW pads...






    Here's Richard using my personal Rupes 21 Bigfoot with a 5" backing plate and a 6" Hybrid Blue Foamed Wool Pad...



    Here's Chris using the Porter Cable 7424XP with the 5.5" PFW thin pads...







    Robert Diterlizzi is using the Flex PE14 Lightweight, Compact Rotary Polisher with the 3" PFW thin pads to knock out the intricate areas and tight spots on the console.





    A full size rotary buffer couldn't do this...





    This is Rick's first time to one of our boat detailing classes and Rick wanted to learn how to use a rotary buffer, so I matched him up with Robert for some expert one-on-one training.





    Robert and Rick making gel-coat shine!





    This was Steve's first time to one of our boat detailing classes but we'll be seeing him again when he brings his BLACK 26' Proline Boat.




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    Re: Pictures: 16' Key Largo Center Console - Detailing Class - 2013

    Continued...


    Besides machine polishing the gel-coat, we also tackled the metal, Bimini Top and Vinyl seats...


    Here's Steve waterproofing the Bimini Top using Marine 31 T-Top Fabric Protectant







    Bryan, John and Nick hand polished all the metal brightwork using Marine 31 Stainless Steel and Aluminum Brightening Soap.







    Nice work guys, all the chrome, aluminum and stainless steel turned out great!









    You can watch a short video by clicking the link below to see how this metal polishing soap works...






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    Re: Pictures: 16' Key Largo Center Console - Detailing Class - 2013

    Continued...


    And here's the beauty shots...



    This boat had zero gloss and shine when it arrived and the hull felt rough to the touch. Now it's a dramatically brighter white, with excellent shine, gloss and even reflection....





    The hardest thing to do is to get sharp reflections off a white surface...







    Check this out... I'm standing when I took this shot...





    Then I dropped down to one knee and captured the red and black tile floor reflections off the white gel-coat finish...






    The console had ZERO gloss and slickness before Robert and Rick started.. now look at it...







    Remember the Mercury engine I said we would fix in the sign-up thread?


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    We're going to fix the Monster Sticker...



    Fixed...







    And here's the wrecking crew...

    From left to right...
    Marcus, Nick, Steve, John, Bryan, Chris, Steve, Richard and Robert...





    Here's the owner Mike taking his floating toy home...

    Another successful boat extreme makeover with Marine 31 ready to hit the water...






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