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

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I use the 3M 05717

High Speed Rotary Polisher Backing Plates, circular polisher backing plates, high speed buffer backing plate, dewalt backing plate, makita backing

For my 3M double sided pads I use the double sided pad adapter in the link above....
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

First, I want to thank you for the amazing write up you created on how to polish gel coat. One thing i wanted to ask you about it. On the compounding step, when you explain on what speeds, you say to start on 600rpm, then move it to 1000rpm for 35-40 sec, then 2kplus but under 3k. my question is how long do you run it on 2k plus and how much pressure for all the steps? Do you usually do 1 section pass on 600rpm, then 4 section passes on 1000rpmm, then the final section pass on 2k plus? thanks
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

MaineSail - You da man. Just bought a boat and was looking for some advice on the buffing/waxing process. I'm going to print this out, break out the wallet (ugh) and give it a whirl - pun intended. Once again, you're a wealth of info.
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First, I want to thank you for the amazing write up you created on how to polish gel coat. One thing i wanted to ask you about it. On the compounding step, when you explain on what speeds, you say to start on 600rpm, then move it to 1000rpm for 35-40 sec, then 2kplus but under 3k. my question is how long do you run it on 2k plus and how much pressure for all the steps? Do you usually do 1 section pass on 600rpm, then 4 section passes on 1000rpmm, then the final section pass on 2k plus? thanks
Good quality compounds utilize a "diminishing grit" starting slow keeps it heavy and removes oxidation. Speeding it up breaks it down finer and yields a higher shine. More speed breaks it down even more.

Let the machine do the work. You will need to feel out how much time at each speed on your own for your level of oxidation. Do a couple of test squares and then you'll know. Just don't keep the pad in one spot too long or let the hull get too hot under the pad. Beyond that you really can't mess much up.
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Maine Sail and all, I'm getting ready to compound and wax and have read this original post many times through--thanks Maine Sail!

Quick question. Any tips for compounding right at the waterline? Our ablative paint is easy to pick up. And I'm concerned about putting tape over the bottom paint since we're not painting this year (not needed).

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Maine Sail and all, I'm getting ready to compound and wax and have read this original post many times through--thanks Maine Sail!

Quick question. Any tips for compounding right at the waterline? Our ablative paint is easy to pick up. And I'm concerned about putting tape over the bottom paint since we're not painting this year (not needed).

Any suggestions?
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Just tape it and it will be fine.. I do it all time time...
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Whoops - never mind! Just read the first sentence again - not inteded for painted hulls!
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Just tape it and it will be fine.. I do it all time time...
OK thanks Maine Sail. I'll give it a try. Cheers!
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Followed the directions for the second year, great results again. This year I used the Presta Chroma as well. Thank you for the informative post!
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