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6 Days Ago 08:45 AM
aa3jy
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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
On the other hand, our marina would be more inclined to give you a hard time, just to make it easier to hire them to do it. Vacuum sanders are mandatory here.
As are all Green Compliant Marinas in Md.

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/fi...reenmarina.pdf
6 Days Ago 08:39 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I would think there are environmental issues associated with leaving paint on the ground that could be washed into the water. I know it's where ablative ends up anyway, but that argument has never sold the environmental folks. They would prefer we not use copper based paint at all.

On the other hand, our marina would be more inclined to give you a hard time, just to make it easier to hire them to do it. Vacuum sanders are mandatory here.
1 Week Ago 10:28 PM
travlineasy
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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I like the idea, it sounds easier. But I'm not sure it's environmentally compliant in all areas. One should check the marina's, state's, and municipality's regulations first.
We actually did that, and could find nothing at all on the subject. The marina said they were quite happy with the process because sanding dust wasn't blowing on other boats. I was amazed at how smooth the screen sanded bottom came out, too.

Gary
1 Week Ago 09:43 PM
TakeFive
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

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Originally Posted by travlineasy View Post
Or, you can do it the easy way using a dry wall sanding screen and a bucket of water and wet sand the bottom in no time at all.
I like the idea, it sounds easier. But I'm not sure it's environmentally compliant in all areas. One should check the marina's, state's, and municipality's regulations first.
1 Week Ago 12:53 PM
travlineasy
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

Or, you can do it the easy way using a dry wall sanding screen and a bucket of water and wet sand the bottom in no time at all. The sanding screens do an incredible job, with minimal mess - just a bucket of discolored water. And, you can sand the entire bottom in a fraction of the time it takes with a heavy-duty vacuum sander, and with no back ache from having to stoop beneath the hull because the sanding screens are attached to a long pole.

All the best,

Gary
1 Week Ago 05:47 PM
TakeFive
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I know that this is not helpful after-the-fact, but you'll probably sand your bottom again someday, so my advice will apply to next time: A vacuum sander would likely have prevented this issue, as well as being better for the environment and your lungs. Most marinas require them, and some states require them by law. It helps prevent toxic contamination of the soil and groundwater.

You can rent a vacuum sander, or rig your own. I use a $12 palm sander from Harborfreight with a vacuum port, interfaced to a Shop Vac with fine filter bag. All the bad stuff gets pulled into the bucket.
1 Week Ago 07:37 AM
JimsCAL
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

It must in the wax. You probably will have to strip the wax and then reapply it. The trick may be to do that and not remove the wax from the topsides (assuming those are also done).
1 Week Ago 07:09 AM
wink
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

After sanding the bottom paint on my hull yesterday, I found this on my decks this morning - the blue dust mixed with morning dew stained my freshly refinished decks. These decks were flawless and bright white. In fact, I just finished wet-sanding, compounding, polishing and waxing a few days ago - following Maine Sail's detailed instructions to the t. They came out flawless and now seem destroyed. I've tried soap and water, simple green and finally roll off. I'm not sure what to do and how to get this off. Any help would be very appreciated.







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3 Weeks Ago 06:22 AM
TakeFive
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

For a chalky boot stripe near the waterline with boat in the water I would start with wet sandpaper, 2000-4000 grit. With this, the copious water becomes your friend, not your enemy.
3 Weeks Ago 03:50 PM
Scotty C-M
Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I've used diaper (or cotton similar) on my boat for touch-ups. You should get a very nice job for such a small area. Power tools make it easier and probably will giive you a deeper shine, but for the stripe, you'll get some good results. Depends on your standards, I guess.
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