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10-12-2014 09:57 PM
davisr
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Hey Maine,

Appreciate the tips. Used the Makita buffer and the Presta products you recommended. Took me a while to find my groove with the buffer. The 40 year old gel coat on my boat appears to have come back to life. Here's a picture of my hull after the first step - compounding - before I moved on to the polishing and waxing.

Roscoe
Ericson 25, Oystercatcher
Charleston, SC

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06-26-2014 12:02 AM
This Old Sailboat
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

So here's what works best so far.

I've also been using 3M sanding disks in 600, 1000, and 1500 grit. The loop fabric on the 1000 grit disks comes off very easily, even by itself after some use. I washed one and spread it flat to dry, then glued it right on the back of the compounding pad with 3M Super 77 spread adhesive and let it dry completely. About 75% of it is still attached after doing about 16' of hull, so not bad!

The morale of the story is still don't get too close to any perpendicular edges while buffing.
06-21-2014 10:05 PM
This Old Sailboat
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Maine Sail,

I accidentally let my compounding pad catch on some deck hardware a couple of times. It apparently tore some of the loops off the back and now the pad won't stick well to the buffer anymore. Do you have a trick for fixing the pad or do I need to get a new pad? It's nearly new, so I hate to toss it already.

I know, it's my own fault, trying too get to close to the hardware but I'm still getting a feel for it
03-27-2014 02:18 PM
oomfh
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregrosine View Post
Results look great. This is our first year preparing for a splash. with a 35 foot boat how much compound and wax will we need?
I found the gallon containers so economical, I didn't even pull out a calculator. I'm not sure if the instructions talk about storage, but I keep the leftovers in a place where they won't freeze.

Good luck!
03-26-2014 10:15 PM
Maine Sail
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gregrosine View Post
Results look great. This is our first year preparing for a splash. with a 35 foot boat how much compound and wax will we need?
32oz bottles will leave you with some extra. Could be done with 16oz....
03-26-2014 09:58 PM
Gregrosine
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Results look great. This is our first year preparing for a splash. with a 35 foot boat how much compound and wax will we need?
03-26-2014 09:31 PM
aj19
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Very Good! can you give any suggestions for removing year old motor oil spots on fiberglass?
03-25-2014 10:19 AM
Gregrosine
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

We have a 35 foot sailboat. How much compound and wax will we need?
12-01-2013 10:17 AM
pnewsom
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

MainSail, thanks for all the great advice. I have an old Bluenose Sloop that could use a good polish, so I'll put your tips to work!
Peter
07-29-2013 04:18 PM
Shredrick McGnarlson
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Is the process for non skid the same minus the wax. i.e. clean, compound, cutting creme, then Woody's Wax instead of collinite? Can non skid be compounded?

Thanks,

first timer
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