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Thanks Maine. 3 days, 6 Advil and a lot of trips up and down the ladder. Here's the result on 25 year old gel coat.







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Maine Sail,
This may have been covered elsewhere in this thread, and if so I apologize for the duplicate. Do you have any additional tips on compounding in nooks and crannies on deck and on the transom? Using the full size buffer on the hull makes sense, but I found it difficult to work around the name, stern ladder, etc., on the transom. And on deck, I'm guessing it will be even more difficult with handrails, stanchions, hardware, and nonskid to avoid.

Do you compound these areas by hand? Use a smaller buffer? Other?

Thanks as always for your help!
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This may have been covered elsewhere in this thread, and if so I apologize for the duplicate. Do you have any additional tips on compounding in nooks and crannies on deck and on the transom? Using the full size buffer on the hull makes sense, but I found it difficult to work around the name, stern ladder, etc., on the transom. And on deck, I'm guessing it will be even more difficult with handrails, stanchions, hardware, and nonskid to avoid.

Do you compound these areas by hand? Use a smaller buffer? Other?

Thanks as always for your help!
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Smaller dia wheel, by hand and with lots of tape on things you don't want polished....

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Smaller dia wheel, by hand and with lots of tape on things you don't want polished....
Thanks--I should have known there would be no magical answer! But I do think a smaller diameter wheel would really come in handy. I'll look into it.

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Autogeek.com is your friend...

BTW restoring a CD-36 today/tomorrow. I tried my beautiful newer "higher power" RO unit yesterday and as I have said all along, based on my old Porter Cable, they won't do squat on oxidized gelcoat, even the most powerful one you can buy....... The trusty 9227C Makita still kicks butt.

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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

So as mentioned I tried something new this year...I hired a pro

At first I purchased about $200 of materials (pads, compounds, finesse, etc etc etc) but with a looong list of things to do this Spring I bit the bullet and asked a professional in the yard for an estimate, it was $400. So I hired them and returned my $200 of materials, so one could say it only cost me $200 to have a pro do it?

I was there when they did it so I could pick up some tips. As usual, its all about technique and the proper tools which mirror pretty much what Maine Sail details in his "how to". I was very pleased with the work they did, but I admit it doesn't look as good as some of these post of DIY. Maybe next year when I have a little less to do

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Using the full size buffer on the hull makes sense, but I found it difficult to work around the name, stern ladder, etc., on the transom. And on deck, I'm guessing it will be even more difficult with handrails, stanchions, hardware, and nonskid to avoid.

Do you compound these areas by hand? Use a smaller buffer? Other?

Thanks as always for your help!
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Well, I completed my first job that included compounding, or perhaps rather polishing, in this case. I've waxed many times. I found that I REALLY got the hang of the buffer probably about halfway through the second side of the boat. I used the Presta Cutting Creme, then Fleetwax. The results might not be as good as is possible, but I'd say they're pretty good. I heard a woman walk by with a child say "See how shiny that boat is? You can see that man in the reflection." I'll take it.

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Thanks! I'll need these if I'm going to do the deck/cockpit.

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So as mentioned I tried something new this year...I hired a pro

I bit the bullet and asked a professional in the yard for an estimate, it was $400.

Cheers
where, who, what, really?????
I spent 100 just on frigging compound, and mine looks like what I'm seeing here.
I'll pony up the bucks next time and get a good foundation.

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