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Yet Another Stupid Thing I Have Done
So I go out to the marina yesterday to do my normal, half-assed wax job on the boat. The usual routine is for me to use West Marine's One Step Compound/Wax, always promising that "if I have time" after using the one-step, I'll follow up with a coat of good regular wax. Of course, I never have time as I am anxious to get the boat in the water after the long New England winter.
I set up my scaffolding (two step ladders with a 1x12 between them) and starting at the bow, apply the product with my handy buffer polisher (a second-hand $10 purchase at the flea market; price new at Wal-Mart: $25). Wow, thinks I, this stuff is really polishing the gel coat! I don't remember it working this way before, and its not leaving that hazy wax coating I am used to. But I am too happy to be there to pay much attention. Until I get about 2/3d's done with the side, when I really start to wonder why it doesn't look like wax. I peek at the bottle: "3M Super Marine Rubbing Compound". Hmmm. So, do I finish compounding the side? No, dammit, I want to finish waxing the boat tonight! I go back and after removing the compound with a cloth, I use the correct product (in my defense, the bottles are really the same shape), redoing the areas I had compounded. By the time I finish the side, the sun is close to setting, my arms feel like they are going to fall off, and I still have half the boat to wax. So, for those of you who notice that the starboard aft third of my boat is slightly less shiny than the rest.... be kind.