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I've got my Makita on order.
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Do some push ups for a few weeks first!

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Went through the whole thing (FSR, compound, polish, wash), followed instructions to the letter. I bought the Makita and all the recommended pads and products (all 3M). Set me back close to 300.- Was it worth it?

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A BIG thanks to Mainesail! I can truly say that my boat hasn't looked this good for as long as I own it (>10 years). This is a 1976 32' Columbia. Took about 2 whole days and I slept very well after each of them. Excellent upper-body exercise!

A question: As I said, I followed all instructions to the letter. However, when I was doing the waxing, I wondered whether microfiber rags are really the best for this, rather than terrycloth. I totally see that microfibers are better for compounding and polishing since the goal is to remove the product. However, for waxing the primary goal is to spread the wax finely (and, secondarily, remove excess). Wouldn't terry cloth even better for this?

I am now hunting for a smaller pad. I read through the thread and some were recommended but after purchasing the Makita, I sure don't want to buy another tool (like a Metabo angle polisher). So I am just looking for a 3" or 4" pad for smaller areas on the deck that will fit on either the Makita (preferably) or, if necessary, on a power drill or my Porter Cable random orbit sander. If anyone has a suggestion, lemme know.

A note. I was amazed at the number of microfiber rags I needed for compounding. Close to 20, I guess. A lot less in the other stages, maybe a half dozen for polishing and 3 for waxing. I also used nearly a bottle of compound (what are they, a pint maybe?) and perhaps 1/4 of the Finesse-It bottle (which is a lot bigger, maybe a half gallon?).

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Just go my Makita 9227CX3 today. Having fun with this:





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Question from a new member. The marina put our 27' sailboat into the water before we could clean and wax the hull. What kinds of problems can we expect (aside from needing another marina!)
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Question from a new member. The marina put our 27' sailboat into the water before we could clean and wax the hull. What kinds of problems can we expect (aside from needing another marina!)
A dirty boat. Why can't you clean and wax it in the water?

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Yes thanks MaineSail. We bought 2 of the recommended Makita buffers, Also had to do the wet sand step. This is after the compounding only.

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In the current issue of soundings Mike Borrelli on page 100 says:
"You can bring back the gloss finish by wet sanding, buffing and polishing, but this is not a long-term solution. the result is short-lived and the fading often comes back within a year."

He may have been referring only to darker-colored gel-coats it was not clear.

This does not make sense to me. Once it was protected again I would think it would say good for a long time.
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In the current issue of soundings Mike Borrelli on page 100 says:
"You can bring back the gloss finish by wet sanding, buffing and polishing, but this is not a long-term solution. the result is short-lived and the fading often comes back within a year."

He may have been referring only to darker-colored gel-coats it was not clear.

This does not make sense to me. Once it was protected again I would think it would say good for a long time.
What does he propose as the long-term solution? Is it an advertiser's product?

I agree that it does not make sense. I would think that once you've restored the original finish by removing the oxide, re-establishing a factory-smooth finish, and protecting with wax, it should last about as long as the original finish lasted.


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What does he propose as the long-term solution? Is it an advertiser's product?

I agree that it does not make sense. I would think that once you've restored the original finish by removing the oxide, re-establishing a factory-smooth finish, and protecting with wax, it should last about as long as the original finish lasted.
The next sentence says:
"The long term solution is painting the hull. The process is more expensive but but t will ensure gloss retention for a many as 10 years."

Actually he runs a fiberglass restoration shop.
But still many if not most articles are at least factual.

I'm going to send him an email and see what happens.

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