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Old 09-21-2019, 09:03 AM   #1
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Buffing Gelcoat

I purchased a two stage buffing compound system that was used by one of the YouTube bloggers. The hull of the NT has been neglected for a long time and is very dull, oxidized, and chalky as the pictures show. I have only applied the first stage of the system so far. I'm using a variable speed rotary polisher at the higher RPM as suggested by the compound manufacturer. I am doing small section at a time that I tape off as I go. I have a long long way to go but I think the results are surprisingly good. I'm looking forward to seeing the results after applying the second finer stage. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-21-2019, 09:18 AM   #2
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Sorry for the sideways pictures, I don't know how that happened.
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Looks real good. What compound are you using? Using a wool pad?

Don’t over do it. I had a friend who cleaned up his hull very nicely and ruined his rotator cuff at the same time.
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Looks good! Please share more about the product and grade of polishing pad you are using.

We switched from 3M polishing and wax products, to Starbrite polymer products, this year. The polymer was certainly easier to apply and remove, but the results are not as good. Fortunately, we will have endless opportunities to clean and wax as long as we own the boat
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Old 09-21-2019, 11:35 AM   #5
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I learned about the product on a youtube vlog " boatworks today". It's the Aqua buff brand. I'm starting with the 1000 grade and then I will use the 2000 and finish with a cleaner wax of an undetermined brand. The 1000 is very aggressive and you must go cautiously with it, but this gelcoat needs a heavy cut to get thru the oxidation.


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Old 09-21-2019, 11:43 AM   #6
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I forgot to mention I am using a wool pad for the 1000 grit compound.
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Looks real good. What compound are you using? Using a wool pad?

Don’t over do it. I had a friend who cleaned up his hull very nicely and ruined his rotator cuff at the same time.
Thanks cig

I'm going to be real careful with the shoulders because I have already had my right rotator sewn back together and in a sling for 6 weeks. I can feel the left one is not holding on by much and will be next under the knife. Most of that damage was done in the many years of going to the gym 5 days a week.


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The guy on that YouTube channel is very knowledgeable. I’ve watched a few of his other videos.
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A buddy let me borrow his tub of Aqua Buff 1000. Great stuff, and very reasonably priced - unless you’re buffing boats professionally, a tub will last most of the rest of your life.
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I can’t figure out why some photos post sideways or upside down. It happens when I do everything the same as photos that post correctly. I understand about your shoulders I have had both of mine done, one from a 4 1/2 rollover in a truck with no seatbelt. The other I never figured out what caused it. The buffing looks great.
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Old 09-21-2019, 07:09 PM   #11
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I finished up about half way from the stern to the bow on the Starboard side from the rub rail to the water line with both the 1000 and the 2000 and waxed it with some meguiars cleaner wax. Sideways pictures below. You can even see my wife, dog, and my car in the garage in the reflection Click image for larger version

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Old 09-21-2019, 09:20 PM   #12
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Buffing my painted boat, I quickly experienced R wrist/forearm pain and carpal tunnel type nerve effects. I bought from a pharmacy an elastic wrist support which helped a lot. Keeping the wrist straight rather than bent helps too.

As post 11 shows, the brilliant results are well worth temporary discomfort.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:26 AM   #13
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Scott... Very nice work and impressive results.
Just curious whether you notice and difference between the 2000 and the Meguires cleaner wax?
My impression from reading about the Meguires cleaner wax is it's more of a cleaner/light polish than a durable surface protector.
I've had very good results w Gelcoat Labs polymer sealant and have tried it against the Meguires and feel it has much better durability.
Having done all that prep work You might consider adding a coat of a straight polymer sealant/protector to provide better durability. If not convinced it would be interesting to do some obvious areas as a true head to head comparison.
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Back in the days when I polished the bottom paint on my racing sailboat, I would suspend the buffing machine from a bungee cord secured to one of the rails above the deck. The bungee carried most of the weight, and all I had to do was direct the machine where I wanted it. Helped a lot.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:28 AM   #15
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Bacchus,
To tell you the truth I never thought I would be able to get the hull to shine anywhere near the results I'm getting, so I haven't thought that far ahead . I sure do want it to last, so I'm willing to try it. I read a few reviews this morning saying they had trouble with it leaving a slight hazy finish, but I'm guessing you had no trouble with that?
My wife bought the meguiars yesterday because I told her I wanted a cleaner/wax just to make sure I got all of the 2000 residue off the hull. I may be able to see a very small difference in the shine after applying the meguiars, but it is probably just removing the last of the polish haze.
Charlie will be on the hard for quite awhile because as you can see in the pictures I need to change the rub rail and refinish all the teak. So I have plenty of time and will order some of the gelcoat labs sealant and let you know how it does. Thanks for your input, I really appreciate any and all ideas.
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I can’t figure out why some photos post sideways or upside down. It happens when I do everything the same as photos that post correctly.
Not sure, but I think it may have something to do with how the device was held when the photo was taken. If you’re using an Apple device, I have good luck orienting photos properly by:

1) accessing the photo and selecting “edit”
2) selecting the cropping tool (two curved arrows around a square)
3) selecting the icon at the bottom next to “cancel” (looks like stacked pages)
4) selecting “original”
5) selecting “done” at the top right of the screen
6) using that newly adjusted photo with the “manage attachments” function on the TF site.

I do this on an iPad and it always works for me. Possibly it’s different on an iPhone or laptop and I have no idea how it’s done on an Android.
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Some of the photos were taken with my android phone and some were taken with my android tablet, but all of them were the correct orientation when I attached them. Oh well, maybe some nice mod will fix them . No matter, they get the general idea across.
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If it's shine you really want, you need to apply a polish as the next step, than the wax over that to protect the polish. It's a three step process.
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Captain Ron- finish looks beautiful.
my two cents- nows the time to get a really good wax on her to preserve that finish. 3M makes a great paste wax. A bit of work but long lasting results.
Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:43 PM   #20
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One of my neighbors came over today and asked if I had sprayed a new coat of paint on Charlie's starboard hull. I have to be happy with that.
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