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05-10-2008 10:31 AM
Originally Posted by MedSailor View Post
Does anyone else see a tallship on the right hand side being chased by a dreadnaught battleship on the left side of the picture?

Disclaimer: I haven't had much sleep lately....


My kid thought it looked like spongebob.... I just thought... WOW what a shame, nice looking paint!
05-10-2008 02:51 AM
garymcg Great, thanks for the pointers. Much appreciated.
05-09-2008 08:23 PM
Maine Sail
The red boat..

The red Imron boat was actually done with 3M rubbing compound BUT I did NOT use a compound grade pad. I used a polishing grade foam pad and it was buffed wet and at speeds no greater than 1500 rpm. I followed up the 3M product with Presta Chroma 1500 polish and a Presta specific pad for Chroma 1500. I would have used Presta Ultra Cutting Creme as my starting point but I was out..

Imron will buff out like a traditional paint but do be very careful. If you're an amateur DO NOT use a rubbing compound on Imron, ,as I did, or you'll get in trouble...
05-09-2008 06:32 PM
feetup Gary;
With Imron and most other LPU paints the object in buffing is not to abrade it with a grit. no matter how fine, it is to buff it with a higher speed buffer using a product like 3M final buff or any of the myriad of products by 3m or Norton or McGuire's specifically for this application. They are not an abrasive but more like tiny balls that roll around with the pad and essentially soften the finish with heat and cause the surface to flow. I attended the DuPont finishing school a few years back and they demonstrated the procedure by taking various panels of various ages from 24 hours to several years and intentionally damaged them with 120 grit paper then polished them out. The effect was like magic to someone used to acrylic lacquers and enamels that do not soften with friction. The older panels took more time but flowed out all the same. Talk to an auto body supply store regarding the system to use and spend the $ on a good powerful buffer and you can amaze all your friends and have a fabulous party trick.

05-09-2008 05:26 PM
garymcg I read that thread a while ago and have looked at the various projects on Halekai's website (nice job by the way, especially the through-hull instructions). The instructions in the thread are for fiberglass buffing, I was specifically wondering about getting some glossy Imron.

Thanks again.

05-09-2008 05:09 PM
blt2ski Gary,

Go to this thread

You will get more info than you know what to do about your hull!

There was one other thread, but it took some 8 pages of looking back to find this one. The other is probably 1-2 pages further back tat halekai started vs the above one started by another person.

05-09-2008 04:53 PM


What products did you use on the red boat? My boat is painted with Imron, it's still pretty glossy but I want to buff it up before next weekend's launch. I picked up some Awlcare but would rather wax it if it's not going to cause any problems.

Thanks in advance.

05-09-2008 01:40 PM
sailingdog Thanks Halekai...
05-09-2008 12:21 PM
chucklesR If I ever paint my boat I've threatened the Admiral with bright Yellow hulls (twin banna's) with purple canvas, black non-skid. I'm wondering how long I'd want that to last
05-09-2008 11:33 AM
Maine Sail
I know..

Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Not the red boat again... could you at least take some new photos of it.

I know, I know the red boat.. Unfortunately, I've only buffed a a hand full Imron boats but this is the only one I actually took pics of.

But to answer your question here is a new pic. This is in mid November of last season..

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