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4 Days Ago 10:25 AM
Captainmeme
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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Originally Posted by CapnRed View Post
Excellent thread. I'm getting ready to start a gelcoat restoration project on my Merit 25. I have a quick question. I am using a Milwaukee 5540 polisher, which is 7". Can anyone recommend some good quality 7" wool compounding and polishing pads? 3M doesn't make 7" versions of the pads recommended in the OP. Looking around online it seems that 9" is much more common. The 7" pads I've come across look fairly cheap.
I bought my pads at NAPA auto store. The pads are made by SM Arnold. SM Arnold online catalog list several types of buffing and polishing pads with diameters of 7.5 inches. I have no complaints of the results using these pads for polishing and waxing my boat.

Stumbled across this on line place that carries SM Arnold and a host of other pads and stuff.
http://www.diycleaning.com/
No connection to NAPA or SM Arnold or diycleaning.
4 Days Ago 10:06 AM
engineer_sailor
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I followed MaineSail's instructions on our Cat 27 and the results were great. Ultra Cutting Creme was hard to track down but worked amazingly in the two step cutting creme + fleet wax. I think a light round of compounding might have helped in some spots. We spring for the Makita polisher which was worth every penny as are the 3M pads.
4 Days Ago 10:00 AM
CapnRed
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Excellent thread. I'm getting ready to start a gelcoat restoration project on my Merit 25. I have a quick question. I am using a Milwaukee 5540 polisher, which is 7". Can anyone recommend some good quality 7" wool compounding and polishing pads? 3M doesn't make 7" versions of the pads recommended in the OP. Looking around online it seems that 9" is much more common. The 7" pads I've come across look fairly cheap.
3 Weeks Ago 04:24 PM
jimsair
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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Originally Posted by Maine Sail View Post
Do some tests areas.

Ultra Cutting Creme with yellow wool

if that does not cut it

Gelcoat Compound with yellow wool

If that does not cut it

Gelcoat Compound with white wool

Thank you for your reply. If I may Ask one more question....... If I only compound with Gelcoat compound and white wool, can I then go straight to Chroma 1500 with yellow wool? Will the Chroma remove the swirls from the heavy compound or do I need to use the UCC as an intermediate step?

And lastly, will the Chroma 1500 work well with the yellow wool or should I also apply it with a less abrasive pad? Sorry for all the questions.... I just want to do it right!

Thanks'

Jim
4 Weeks Ago 06:59 AM
Maine Sail
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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Originally Posted by jimsair View Post
Hi Halekai, I know you probably get bombarded with questions, but if you have a minute, I'd love to get your thoughts.

I'm going to recondition the hull and deck of my 2001 J/105. The hull is my main area of interest. I have a quality Hitachi polisher that has served me well for many years, and I'm going to go all out and use the products you recommended as the best. Specifically:

On and Off
Presta Gel Compound
Presta Utra cutting Creme
Presta Ultra Polish (formerly known as Chroma 1500)
Collinite #885 fleet wax

I have a fair amount of oxidizing on the hull and deck. Should I start with the Presta Gel Compound and #05711 pad and follow with the Ultra Cutting Creme and #05713 pad, or should I just start with the UCC and 05713 pad?

Also, how much compound and polish should I buy to do a J/105? I was thinking of getting a gallon of compound and two quarts of Chroma 1500.


Thank you for your help,

Jim
Do some tests areas.

Ultra Cutting Creme with yellow wool

if that does not cut it

Gelcoat Compound with yellow wool

If that does not cut it

Gelcoat Compound with white wool
4 Weeks Ago 02:21 AM
jimsair
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Hi Halekai, I know you probably get bombarded with questions, but if you have a minute, I'd love to get your thoughts.

I'm going to recondition the hull and deck of my 2001 J/105. The hull is my main area of interest. I have a quality Hitachi polisher that has served me well for many years, and I'm going to go all out and use the products you recommended as the best. Specifically:

On and Off
Presta Gel Compound
Presta Utra cutting Creme
Presta Ultra Polish (formerly known as Chroma 1500)
Collinite #885 fleet wax

I have a fair amount of oxidizing on the hull and deck. Should I start with the Presta Gel Compound and #05711 pad and follow with the Ultra Cutting Creme and #05713 pad, or should I just start with the UCC and 05713 pad?

Also, how much compound and polish should I buy to do a J/105? I was thinking of getting a gallon of compound and two quarts of Chroma 1500.


Thank you for your help,

Jim
05-09-2015 09:46 AM
travlineasy
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Sure glad I don't have to do any of that hard labor stuff anymore. I switched to Poli-Glow and love this stuff. Besides, I'm old.

Gary
05-08-2015 08:48 PM
TakeFive
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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Originally Posted by overbored View Post
sounds like you skipped a few steps. if the hull had shine then you did not need to sand. if you sand then you need to sand with finer and finer paper to about 1500 grit. then you said you used Presta. which one there are several types of Presta compound and again you use the coarse one then the medium and then the fine before you wax. if you want it right then you can not skip any steps. go back and reread his instructions and you will see the steps you skipped.
If you only have mild oxidation, "Presta Cutting Cream" can get you there in one step. It starts as a coarse grit, but becomes finer as you work it. It's really a time saver if your boat isn't too bad. Maine Sail mentions this in his instructions.
05-05-2015 07:59 AM
JIvories
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Thanks Overbored. Need much more time and patience I think, to go gradually through the steps. I wish I had had more time. Although apparently if you wash and wax regularly, no need to sand or compound every time.
04-22-2015 12:24 AM
overbored
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

sounds like you skipped a few steps. if the hull had shine then you did not need to sand. if you sand then you need to sand with finer and finer paper to about 1500 grit. then you said you used Presta. which one there are several types of Presta compound and again you use the coarse one then the medium and then the fine before you wax. if you want it right then you can not skip any steps. go back and reread his instructions and you will see the steps you skipped.
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