Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Hershey, PA / Middle River MD
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Removing old wax before buffing/rewaxing
I have read Maine's excellent post several times over the last couple years. I have used most of it's advice over the last 3 years, trying to get the gelcoat on my 81 Islander 30 in better shape. It is getting better but it seems to be a long process. One thing I would like advice on is REMOVING the old wax before doing more compounding, polishing, and applying new wax. I have tried all sorts of chemicals including Black Streak Remover, Dawn, 202, MEK, liquid and powder TSD, etc. Any recommendations for products, tools, and techniques would be appreciated. Note, I did get (and love) the Makita buffer.