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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

This Fabulous post was done in 2009. Do you still recommend the same products now that we are in 2017? And, what process would you recommend for Awlgrip stripes on hull?
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I touch up my hull every spring using same products. Hard to improve on what’s been shared. Good luck!

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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

What an amazingly detailed post. Thank you for sharing!
I just polished my hull with 3M Perfect-It 36105 Gelcoat Medium Cutting Compound/Wax. I was happy with the results, but it was definitely far from this incredible level of gloss. I think I'll take another shot at it next spring and maybe get it a little closer to something as amazing as this.
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I put my last coat of wax on the boat 4 years ago when I switched to Poli-Glo, which only takes me about a half hour to apply and looks fantastic all year long. This year, I'll strip the old coats of Poli-Glo from the hull with their special cleaner and begin anew. A friend of mine did that last week and his boat has a mirror finish now.

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How important is variable speed on the buffer? I don't have electric where my boat is currently stored so looking at a Ryobi battery powered buffer, but it's single speed (2500 rpm). Is that too fast? Oxidation isn't that bad, and the boat is only 24 feet so I don't plan on going all out, so maybe it's ok? Or is a single-speed so bad I should consider a towing the boat to a different location to do it? (or finding a generator, I'm not spending $800 on one..)

edit; nvm, think I'm ditching the idea of battery powered buffer. Gonna try one of the cheaper $400 generators. Also useful for power washer and other things.

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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

2500 is too fast - that's sanding speed.

For buffing & polishing you want about 1/2 that - 1200 to 1400.

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How important is variable speed on the buffer? I don't have electric where my boat is currently stored so looking at a Ryobi battery powered buffer, but it's single speed (2500 rpm). Is that too fast? Oxidation isn't that bad, and the boat is only 24 feet so I don't plan on going all out, so maybe it's ok? Or is a single-speed so bad I should consider a towing the boat to a different location to do it? (or finding a generator, I'm not spending $800 on one..)

edit; nvm, think I'm ditching the idea of battery powered buffer. Gonna try one of the cheaper $400 generators. Also useful for power washer and other things.
In my experience, electric power washers are almost worthless. Even a high power gas washer isn't as effective as a brush or wiping with a sponge. The only reason to use a gas power washer is ergonomics - you can wash the slime off the bottom of your boat in a standing or kneeling position, much more comfortably than brushing/wiping your boat's bottom from underneath, with slimy water dripping all over you and running down your arm. But for topsides, a pressure washer is far more trouble than it's worth (and can damage the gelcoat if you slip up and get too close).

Back to the main topic, I'd check the power needs of a plug-in buffer and consider an inverter. If a little plug-in one won't be enough, but they make bigger ones (400-600 watt) that can clamp onto a car battery. If you're on the hard, you could run your car motor to juice the battery while running off the inverter.

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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

I own a buffer but I rarely use it, arm muscles work fine.
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Re: Tips For Compound, Polish & Wax

You do your cut polishing by hand?

I usually do my waxing by hand but not the cutting compounds.

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You do your cut polishing by hand?

I usually do my waxing by hand but not the cutting compounds.
That sounds a bit intense.. I don't have power where my boat is now so I'm trying to find a way to use a buffer without spending $400+ on a generator just for that purpose. But don't think arm muscles is the answer. Maybe I just do full buffing in the fall instead.
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