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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Thanks for the great info. I plan on doing a quick wax for the winter, and tackle the full compound, polish, wax in the spring.
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Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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Followed instructions to the letter. Worked very well. Having water sprayer available made work and results uniform. Got comments like "did you get the boat painted". Thanks much.

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Followed instructions to the letter. Worked very well. Having water sprayer available made work and results uniform. Got comments like "did you get the boat painted". Thanks much.

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Glad it could help... Had a few folks quoted 12k+ for a paint job who got frustrated and "re-conditioned" their own gelcoat for under $350.00 including buying a new buffer.......
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I too got excellent results. Turned out very well for 36 year old Gelcoat.

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Very helpful.

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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Maine, I can't thank you enough. I don't own a boat yet, but own a 38ft 5th wheel that needs TLC. Ordered a Gallon of Gel compound, Gallon of Ultra cutting creme, and a gallon of Ultra Polish. Overkill, yes, but the money i saved buying more was well worth it. Also ordered a Dewalt 849x. All i have left are pads a LSP. I know you recommend 3m's wool compound pad, but will a compound wool pad from say Meguiars or Buff and shine work? Also what color foam pad from lake country do you use for step 2 and 3? How much pressure and section passes do you usually do in a 2x2 area?
One more i promise, I live in Arizona and it gets hot here. which wax or sealant will last the longest? I heard you talk about collinite 845 and Nu finish, but out of the two, which would you use??
New to rotarys. I buff my own cars and trucks with a Griots DA. New to the whole wool pads and Gel coat thing. TIA

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Ordered a Gallon of Gel compound, Gallon of Ultra cutting creme, and a gallon of Ultra Polish. Overkill, yes, but the money i saved buying more was well worth it.
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Maine Sail,

Thank you for an outstanding post to the forum that MANY people have benefited from. I just purchased a used (2007) Mariah runabout that has some chaulking of the gelcoat and have been preparing for a reconditioning based primarily on your post. I have purchased the polisher, compound, polish and wax, microfiber rags but still need to purchase the compounding pad and polishing pads.
The polisher is a 7" with a hook and loop back plate but when I ordered the 3M 05711 compounding pad, I found it was a 9" and the 3M 5725 polishing pads were 8". I see the Makita polisher is also a 7". Did you change out the backplate? I suspect the 8" polishing pad with the hook and loop backing would work well on the 7" backplate but what about the 9" compounding pad (that does not have the hook and loop backing)?

Please advise on how you used the 05711 and 05725 pads with your Makita 7" polisher. First time user of a polisher so please forgive the simple question....

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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Hey Folks,
Can anyone offer advice on the question above? Hoping to get started today.

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