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    Buffing Compounds???????

    As soon as I get the ambition to pull the cover and pull it to my buddy's shop I am going to do my bi-annual thoruogh buff/polish on my boat. I have always had good luck with wet sanding any really bad spots, go over the whole boat with 3M Heavy Duty Rubbing Compund and then follow up with 3M Finesse It II, using a high speed buffer of course and a coat of Mequires Premium Flagship Marine Wax by hand. Has anyone else found any other products that work as well or better? Just curious to see how others do it.

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    i use Finesse It II w/ a buffer then follow up with Maguires Gold Class. i'll also use Maguires Clean Wax a few times throughout the season followed by Gold Class.

    chad

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    Is Gold Class a marine wax. I was told by a gelcoat repair person that automotive grade wax will yellow white gelcoat over time.

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    no, it is not a marine wax. i don't know the difference between a marine wax and an automotive wax. i can't see there being very much difference. i know a lot of people that use automotive waxes on their gelcoat. in my case, i'm not too worried about it since my boat is painted with Imron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jawbreakerkid
    no, it is not a marine wax. i don't know the difference between a marine wax and an automotive wax. i can't see there being very much difference. i know a lot of people that use automotive waxes on their gelcoat. in my case, i'm not too worried about it since my boat is painted with Imron.

    Damn Chad! That thing is ugly! It is a good thing you have a hot woman to be on board so that people will even look in your direction!!

    Very Nice!

    I too have used an Auto wax and I have never seen a problem either.

    ps, Yes I was that boy that had to wear a bone around my neck just for the family dog to play with me, so I know how to get others to do the same!!

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    I honestly can't see there being a differnce either, I just heard that somewhere.

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    Geographics had a big thread on Offshoreonly. They really recommend Aqua Buff for faded gelcoats. They claim it is easier and works better than the 3m finese. I bought some to try on my faded boat but decided to have it painted instead.

    http://www.aqua-buff.com/site/478459/page/75528

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    The aqua buff is an incredible product. Debbie used it on an old 86 Donzi Minx we bought. I couldn't believe how much it brought the shine out on the old faded blue gelcoat. The blue takes a beating in the Florida sun.
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    She loved the new buffer I bought her!
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    Here she is acting like she's doing all the work. Heck, I got on the internet and ordered the aqua buff for her!
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    Cuda,

    Now will the Aqua Buff I bought be ok to use on the new paint job?

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    A new paint should need any compounding. Just hit it with some Meguires #56 wax.

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    Mequires #56? Is that the wax of choice?

    Thanks, JimmyBaja
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    According to Debbie it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyBaja
    Cuda,

    Now will the Aqua Buff I bought be ok to use on the new paint job?

    JimmyBaja
    I could probably use some on my deck on the 25 OL - where did you get it Jimmy?

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