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Old 03-08-2010, 03:12 PM   #16
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Re: Oxidation on my gelcoat

variable speed buffer is what I met to state when I was posting I drew a blank on verbage.
I went to Home depot and got Makita polisher/sander a few years back also got pad from my local detail shop that threads onto polisher
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Old 03-08-2010, 03:39 PM   #17
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Re: Oxidation on my gelcoat

poly glow is supposed to be good as well!
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Old 03-08-2010, 07:54 PM   #18
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Chris has got some good stuff at Crown Leisure Marine in D,Iberville.The Aqua Buff is good stuff too.Both will cake up in your non skid.Make sure the buffer is slingin the excess away from your non skid.If you need a good buffer you can borrow mine.
I may need to take you up on that offer. All I have is a cheap one thats only good for wax.
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Old 03-08-2010, 08:04 PM   #19
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:01 AM   #20
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Re: Oxidation on my gelcoat

im getting some chalky spots here and there. Think Aqua Buff will do the trick?

I noticed there are several different products. 1000 and 2000.......looks like it may be a 2 step process if there is heavy oxidation.

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Old 03-09-2010, 08:18 AM   #21
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im getting some chalky spots here and there. Think Aqua Buff will do the trick?

I noticed there are several different products. 1000 and 2000.......looks like it may be a 2 step process if there is heavy oxidation.
It can be a two, three or more step process. Sometimes we have to 1000 or 2000 grit wet sand first, then compund, then polish and then wax. All the time washing between steps to remove the previous grit.

Just booked another boat for this week, 42 foot power catamaran. Heavy oxidation on a vinylester gelcoat. They are the worst.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:32 AM   #22
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Good info. I guess a few bucks and some time trying it out cant hurt. Ive used a VS buffer with some 3M compound on it and it looked better but got in a hurry to get back in the water and didnt preserve it with a washdown and wax. Have any of you tried stuff called Woody Wax? A friend of mine used it with some good results. It sure made the deck come clean easily after a trip.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:34 PM   #23
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Re: Oxidation on my gelcoat

1. Clean well, use soft scrub to get out all the deep shit.

2. 3m Imperial compound, contains a finisher to polish as well. If gelcoat is really bad, I mix 3m brown compound with the Imperial. Use low speed on the buffer and give it some pressure depending on how much you want to cut.

3. Finesse II, you only need this if you want the glass to look like a mirror, and to rid all swirl marks. Do small sections with the Finesse, use a higher speed and light pressure.

4. Treewax.By hand. Last longer.

Dont put any thing on in the sun, if you can avoid it. You can add water to Imperial and Finesse, to make them easier to work. Wash and shammy between every step.

Get a buffer from Harbor Freight for 34$, get the 2 year warrranty for 9$. Take it back when you drop it in the water, or wrap the cord. Im on my 5th.
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