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Re: Restoring bootstripe by wet sanding?
I found a local auto paint shop with Presta Ultra Cutting Cream, so I picked some up, and also bought a polisher/sander and 3M wool and foam pads. I did a test section on my boot stripe, and it fully restored the deep, wet look of the original blue bootstripe. It is going to look fantastic when I do the whole thing (stripe and hull). Work commitments will prevent me from doing the whole boat until next weekend, so I need to hold off on starting this.
The Presta cream is amazing stuff, the way it starts as a heavy compound and disappears as it breaks down into a fine polish. It does seem to accomplish 2 or 3 steps all at once. I could not find Presta Chroma, so I'll probably use Maguire's #9 as a final glaze - or skip that step and just go to wax.
The Presta cream says it removes 1500 and finer scratches, so since I had sanded the bootstripe with 1000 grit, I did a second sanding with 2000 grit to better prep it for the Presta cream.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina