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Old 04-27-2012
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

My gel coat was sad looking at best. Oxidized, scuffed, scratched and gouged.
I was seriously considering getting her painted when the local fiberglass guy
pointed out that he could easily repair the few chips and gouges in the gel coat
but that it these would be much harder to repair if the surface had been
Awlgrip.

I gave him the go ahead to repair the 3 worst gel coat gouges. Now
I can't even tell where they were. He made them disappear.

Next, after reading Mail Sail's post and all the follow up posts, I
decided to give his technique a try. I followed his recommendations
to a tee. I purchased the Makita 9227C, the 3M pads he recommended
and Presta Gel Coat Compound and Presta polishing stuff.

The compounding produced amazing results. I did also polish
after the compounding but it was very hard to see any improvement
over just the compounding. I then applied a coat of NuFinsh
because I already had some (as opposed to wax).

The boat looks amazing. I hope it will prevent the rash at the water line
that forms after the boat is in the water for a few weeks.

I think I saved myself thousands of dollars for a new paint job. Thanks Maine
Sail!

Anyone have any recommendation for how to compound the cockpit where most of the
surfaces area is too small to use the Makita on. Can it be done by hand?
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