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What polish and wax you recommend?
Initially I was just going to send Halekay, the paint polish guru, a pm.
Then thought if I did that I was being selfish, so I am in for your recommendations and ideas, please. Including Halekay, that I hope replies to this post. This way we all learn and this can be shared.
I think, (and it's my own opinion), that paint, and electricity are the most boring things I have on the boat, so I don't care much about it and thus don't pay much atention to it so i know not much about it either.
Here is the deal. My boat is starting to show some use, in the form of dings and scratches all over the cockpit, seats and cabin..
As you may know, appart from the hull, she was not made in a mould. As a consequence, she is completely painted, and does not have gel coat unless in ceratin areas of the hull, bellow the shear line. Above that it's all painted.
Therefore, the cabin, cockpit etc. is all painted (I am not exactly sure what paint, but I am almost sure its something like your Awlgrip), and with the use its getting scratched and in some a little dull, nothing serious but with some sun angles you can see the shine is a little gone..not too bad, but gone.
I also know that in the US one can have available the best polish and finishing products in the World..with me in the US, well 2+2=4...I can buy it here...however, I prefer you recopmmend stuff you can buy at homedepot or other places for auto finish, rather than marine speciality stores, as I am in Wyoming, and there is no Westmarine here. Unless off course your recommendation can only be found at marine stores, in such case I will order over the phone.
Here's the deal.
We have this guy (from Russia) that is unemplyed and all our family hires him to do all kinds of work, so he can survive, so I was thinking, I could give him some work and have him polish the boat for me in a few weeks.
He is quite handy but stubborn as hell, and therefore I am not willing to give him a power tool and a buffer, (just in case he gets carried away and rubs all of the paint off - I know him...I know how eager he is to do a good job....so..no power tools for him)...and would prefer a elbow grease application. Besides with a power tool all the teak will get splashed, unless you can recommend a procedure to do it (keep it simple), and I will get him a buffer and power drill.
What I would like to have you recommend is a brand or product to first polish the paint and give it a nice shien, then a protective wax to keep it shinny.
HOWEVER I DO NOT want a product that later in life I have to remove or I have to paint or whatever (like varnishes or other)...just polish, and wax...simple apply in cloth, rub wax off...done.
I appreciate your help with brands, and if possible where I can get..home depot, wallmart etc.
Thank you very much
C'mon Halekay...give it to me...remember, hand application. Unless you say it should be power applied, then I'll do it.