Thanks for the great info. I plan on doing a quick wax for the winter, and tackle the full compound, polish, wax in the spring.
Glad it could help... Had a few folks quoted 12k+ for a paint job who got frustrated and "re-conditioned" their own gelcoat for under $350.00 including buying a new buffer.......Maine
Followed instructions to the letter. Worked very well. Having water sprayer available made work and results uniform. Got comments like "did you get the boat painted". Thanks much.
I use the 3M 05717Hey Folks,
Can anyone offer advice on the question above? Hoping to get started today.
Good quality compounds utilize a "diminishing grit" starting slow keeps it heavy and removes oxidation. Speeding it up breaks it down finer and yields a higher shine. More speed breaks it down even more.First, I want to thank you for the amazing write up you created on how to polish gel coat. One thing i wanted to ask you about it. On the compounding step, when you explain on what speeds, you say to start on 600rpm, then move it to 1000rpm for 35-40 sec, then 2kplus but under 3k. my question is how long do you run it on 2k plus and how much pressure for all the steps? Do you usually do 1 section pass on 600rpm, then 4 section passes on 1000rpmm, then the final section pass on 2k plus? thanks
Just tape it and it will be fine.. I do it all time time...Maine Sail and all, I'm getting ready to compound and wax and have read this original post many times through--thanks Maine Sail!
Quick question. Any tips for compounding right at the waterline? Our ablative paint is easy to pick up. And I'm concerned about putting tape over the bottom paint since we're not painting this year (not needed).