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Discussion in 'Detailing Tips - Pro's and Amateurs' started by lbhsbz, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. lbhsbz

    lbhsbz Well-Known Member

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    My "new" lavey looks like shit after sitting outside uncovered for a couple months while I've been working on the transom. Other boats I've had weren't worth washing, let along polishing / waxing...so I'm wondering what to use?

    I have plenty of automotive compound and wax...is there any real advantage to using marine/fiberglass specific products?

    I'll be using a pnuematic buffer...I tried a spot last night and it doesn't seem to need any color sanding.
     
  2. Deja_Vu

    Deja_Vu Essex Affectionado

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    I just try to make sure the wax has some sort of UV protection in it.
     
  3. LazyLavey

    LazyLavey Well-Known Member

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    I've used this stuff followed up with Adams Buttery wax using a Porter Cable 7424

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    MohavValley Well-Known Member

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    If you have gel coat, don't use petroleum based products, they don't last very long and you'll constantly be redoing it every couple months. If you have paint & clear coat petroleum products work great. From your post that it's only been out side a couple months I'm assuming it's gel coat with petrolum products used previously.

    If you got gel:
    Wet sand 800 to 2,000 depending on how bad it is and if it needs it.
    If you wet sand to 1,500 follow it with aqua buff 1,000F or presta super cut
    If you wet sand it to 2,000 you can start with presta gel coat compound and if it takes the scratches or your good.
    Next is presta chroma ultimate polish
    Sealer wax, I like colonite products their 845 is awesome onclear coats BUT it's petrol based so look for one of there non petrol based sealers, maybe 925 and I think there is one more.

    If it's not that bad, you could start with thegel coat compound and/or the polish and then seal it. Always start with the least aggressive and if it isn't working then go more aggressive.

    Post up since pics of your results what ever you end up doing.
     
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  5. Blue

    Blue Well-Known Member

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    F all that wet sanding go to autogeek and get some Marine 31 compound or the whole kit with polish and sealant. Mike Phillips played major part in the formulation based on his years at Meguirs and other big names. He is the absolute authority on everything detail, restoration and protection. He conducts classes and is a paid consultant for many companies. Autogeek has a cool forum with lots to learn and Mike chimes in regularly to help which is priceless. I will snap pics on my 93 Centurion family hauler that looks showroom with a harbor freight buffer, good pads and Marine 31. I followed up with collonite because it's what I had and that stuff flat out works. I did just tackle a friend's boat with Griot's Compound (regular auto version) which is easily obtainable at AutoZone and it worked great. Get lots of pads if your doing a good job they will cake up quick with oxidation which is a good thing
     
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    wzuber Well-Known Member

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    pads can be cleaned with compressed air needle type nozzle after every pass or as needed depending on severity of oxidization build up on pad. it's quick, essy and very effective and prevents micro scratching from dirty compound pads.
     
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    Blue Well-Known Member

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    True, I go through a bunch because they tend to get pretty hot
     

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