Yeah that's what I'm thinking. Though I honestly don't know how to tell how bad oxidation is as this is my first time dealing with it.. And don't have anyone to ask. It is on a trailer so moving it isn't a huge deal. I'll probably get a $50 buffer and drive it somewhere to give the sides a once over. The deck etc I can do by hand. But like you I hope to just do a cleaner-wax by hand after a thorough first time. So want to avoid getting lots of tools I won't need again for a whileI should add that Scandium did say that his boat is 24', is not oxidized badly, and he isn't planning to 'go all out'. That, to me, suggests that moving the boat or buying a generator, to power a buffer that he does not have, is a lot of unnecessary expense and effort.
This tells me nothing, lol. Never waxed a car (it's a car, who cares? My boat on the other hand..)Not much more work doing a 24' than a car.
If you have a chalky dark blue boot stripe or similar, you may have to wet sand. I've done this on two separate boats using 2000 grit sandpaper with spray bottle with a little detergent in the water, and it has always restored the deep blue color. After the wet sand, do your polish like you'd do on the white part of the hull, and finally the wax....There's a blue part on the side that's pretty chalky...
Dual action buffers just don't perform well on gelcoat, other than perhaps for a final polish. Even then a good rotary will be quicker. The good thing about a DA is that it is very tough for a novice to screw up with one..Paging Maine Sail !
Rod, you said "For gelcoat you want a rotary/circular machine NOT a dual action..."
Could you give me a little background on this please? I got a Shurhold Dual action with the boat....
Also - have you ever tried any of the Smoove products?