Tips For A Great Buff & Wax

Discussion in 'Musings With Maine Sail' started by Maine Sail, Apr 7, 2010. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,715 posts, 1,254 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS


  2. onlinelee

    onlinelee

    Joined Apr 8, 2016
    114 posts, 7 likes
    Beneteau 361 Clipper
    Sp Garrucha, Spain
    The whole port side had been wet sanded, washed and wiped. I used all 3 3M products on the finished part but no wax at this stage - I hope I answered this correctly. Having spent many years selling adhesive tapes I was totally confident the adhesive used on these decals, and the surface of GelCoat meant they would stick just as well with wax. Also, I note what BoatGraphics don't say ( because most of their clients are not pro installers ) is that decals can be applied " wet " A little dish soap in a spray bottle sprayed on the surface allowes the installer to move the decal without sticking into position, wipe off, job done.
     


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  3. Scott B

    Scott B Moderator

    Joined Sep 20, 2006
    2,606 posts, 169 likes
    Hunter 33
    CA Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
    @Maine Sail I am replacing the name on our boat that has been on for 10 years. Hull has decent shine and I typically use Ultra Cutting cream and wax each year. How aggressive will I need to go to remove the shadow of the old name. Will the Ultra work or will I need to use something like Gelcoat compound.
     


  4. Maine Sail

    Maine Sail Moderator

    Joined Feb 6, 1998
    10,987 posts, 765 likes
    Canadian Sailcraft 36T
    US Casco Bay, ME
    Don't even try. You need to let the sun do it... I've seen folks burn though the entire thickness of the gelcoat with wet sand paper only to still have shadow just now mixed with raw glass...
     


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  5. Scott B

    Scott B Moderator

    Joined Sep 20, 2006
    2,606 posts, 169 likes
    Hunter 33
    CA Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada
    Gotcha, polish and wax it is. Thanks!!!
     


  6. nfg2u

    nfg2u

    Joined Feb 13, 2016
    83 posts, 35 likes
    Hunter Legend 35.5
    US Fort Pierce
    Here is a before and after shot. I have only completed step one, wet sanding and compounding. Thank you for the detailed and thoughtfully written post Main Sail. Its a lot of work but very rewarding.

    before.jpeg
    after.jpeg
    IMG_2016.jpeg
     


  7. Coppertone

    Coppertone

    Joined Jul 2, 2018
    39 posts, 20 likes
    Catalina 22
    Lil Yachty US Acton Lake, OH
    Can you run 9" pads on a 7" Makita buffer?
     


  8. Maine Sail

    Maine Sail Moderator

    Joined Feb 6, 1998
    10,987 posts, 765 likes
    Canadian Sailcraft 36T
    US Casco Bay, ME
    Yes.. A standard wool pad is a 9" pad..
     


  9. Final Approach

    Final Approach

    Joined Jun 3, 2019
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey
    Final Approach Ny Montreal
    C4B7E2AE-2121-4509-A34C-E0B0BACD98CE.jpeg Hi Main Sail,
    Thank you so much for your very constructive detailed explanation.
    Here’s a picture with one side of the boat done with Presta Cutting creme light.
    I used heavier Presta wool pad to start with (yellow) and did a second pass with the green one. Results are excellent.
    I ended up with 2 coats of collinite 885.
    But I didn’t do the polishing. That was last year.
    Now this year, the boat still looks nice but what should I do ? Polishing and wax ?
    Because some small area , where water is dripping from the toerail, along the hull, it leaves some “faded” streaks.
    I don’t know if I should use Ultra cutting cream or just the Ultra Chrome polishing to get rid of those imperfections.
    And also, using the Polishing or Ultra cutting cream.....will it remove my old collinite wax ?
    Thanks.
     


  10. DayDreamer41

    DayDreamer41

    Joined Oct 29, 2016
    1,346 posts, 670 likes
    Hunter 41 DS
    Un Port Huron
    I did our hull with this (3) step process spring of 17, this year and last all I did was use polishing cream in areas where there was scuffing from the cover and rewax the entire hull with Collinite. The boat beads water like no tomorrow and I get many comments on the mirror like finish. The process that Maine Sail gave instructions for is absolutely worth the effort. @Final Approach I would just hit the areas of that have marks from the winter with the polish and reapply the Collinite wax to the entire hull.
     


  11. Final Approach

    Final Approach

    Joined Jun 3, 2019
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Jeanneau Sun Odyssey
    Final Approach Ny Montreal
    Thanks for your fast answer, I’ll try your suggestion later today ;)
     




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