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Hi, I've read many posts here and the internet, and luckily they helped stumble across this site, as I hope to circumnavigate in a few years(decade or two, I can dream!) when I retire. In the meantime, I have a 24 foot bay boat with minor oxidation and I was considering getting either the makita 9227 or the porter cable 7424xp. The price difference is somewhat negligible when you factor in the pads that come in the makita kit. Which would you recommend to a novice? Also, would recommend Presta ultra compound, or ultra compound light for my application? I appreciate any insight you might be able to provide.

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Also, I've read Maine Sail's epic post, but what is the preferred method/chemical for washing before compounding and polishing?
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Anybody out there wanna weigh in? I don't mind getting both compounds, but don't really see a need for the Makita AND the PC... Leaning towards the Makita, just a little afraid of all the warnings about burning the finish and what not..
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Anybody out there wanna weigh in? I don't mind getting both compounds, but don't really see a need for the Makita AND the PC... Leaning towards the Makita, just a little afraid of all the warnings about burning the finish and what not..
If it is already pretty shiny a RO can be a good option that you can do your cars with too. They however don't do well with heavy oxidation and that is where the 9227C shines.

The 7424 is good but you might also consider the Griot's Garage RO. Nice unit and quite powerful. Also slightly less money that the PC. I suspect PC is making it for Griot's as they do for Meguiars... Autogeek stocks them...
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Makita rocks -- and use the Presta stuff Maine recommends way better results for the same or less effort.
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Went with the Makita, and the presta buffing kit from tooltopia... Read mixed reviews about them, but i will update here. Only thing left is the ideal clean before the fun starts. Is there a recommended cleaner/solution to wash the entire boat with first? Dish soap, bleach, and water mixture? Thoughts?
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Went with the Makita, and the presta buffing kit from tooltopia... Read mixed reviews about them, but i will update here. Only thing left is the ideal clean before the fun starts. Is there a recommended cleaner/solution to wash the entire boat with first? Dish soap, bleach, and water mixture? Thoughts?
I used Mary Kate On-n-Off for overall hull cleaning and Star Brite Black Streak remover for the stains under the deck drains.

You have to skirt the boat (and keep the product off anything metal) or the On-n-Off will eat your bottom paint. Even with the skirt its best to do the hull before you do bottom paint.
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What about during compounding? Should the rubber rubrail and metal be avoided then as well?
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Shurhold has a nice DA polisher, I got one a year ago to do our 2 boats, ended up doing our boats and 3 others with 4 more on a waiting list, plus two dock buddies bought ones for themselves.

The compound is awsome as well, has no fillers other than jeweler's rouge
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What about during compounding? Should the rubber rubrail and metal be avoided then as well?
Yes, compound the fiberglass gelcoat only.

If you're rubrail looks bad there's probably a product for that but I don't know what it would be.

I don't worry too much about the rubrail, since its, well a rubrail.
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