Yea the stuff you are told in these forums has to be taken with a grain of salt.
Yes much if it..
I was told the same thing in a post some time ago when asking about awlgrip.
And you were given accurate advice. Akzo/Awlgrip will back this up and this is their advice too not just forumites..
Im the engineer on an 80 foot yacht and we hire professional's to do the washing and waxing. They also use polishing compound and a buffer
Sorry but calling a detailer a "professional" who buffs Awlgrip is a stretch. There were many hacks in the marine detailing field who would think nothing of it and could get away with if for a time. Unless the Awlgrip is otherwise dead & chalky and Awlcare won't do anything, buffing it will shine it, but, on shiny paint it will also drastically shorten its life. If it is dead go for it and it can buy you a few more years.
May of the big boats are painted with Imron as it is buffable but many more are Awlgripped and the detailer should know the difference. Hattaras for example used Imron for many, many years and it was buffable.
The pic below is the result of a "pro" trying to buff out some light fender rash. It looked great after he was done, as shiny as the rest, and I snapped this photo the next spring before it went in... He ruined the hard shell and would have been better to leave the little bit of rash that was there.
That huge dull area is where he buffed. The shiny area was 10-12 year old Awlgrip, un-buffed.
This is not a "grain of salt" issue. Some of us actually do care if you ruin a 10k paint job on your boat and try to give the best advice we can to save you money over the long haul..... If your Awlgrip does shine don't hit it with a buffer, if it is dead and chalky you have nothing to lose.
And as always if folks don't like the "grain of salt" I have shared they can always look at the manufacturer for their "gain of salt"..
Originally Posted by Awlgrip
Do not use abrasives, scratch pads or polishing compounds. Scratching the surface gives dirt a place to cling while wearing out the resin layer. Using abrasives of any kind will reduce the overall life of the finish and voids the Awlgrip Limited Warranty.