Shining up my boat?

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  1. popsnbeer

    popsnbeer New Member

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    Hey all. It looks like you guys have some great suggestions on detailing some cars, but how about my boat?

    I have a 1986 20' boat that could use a good shine. The paint is still there and actually in pretty decent shape, but there is no shimmer left in the fiberglass.

    What products should I buy to do this thing myself? I am new to this stuff so tell me what I would need from wax to water to the tools needed.

    Thanks in advance guys!!!! :bowdown:
     
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    better yet...does anybody do detailing for boats in the Phoenix area? The boat is up in the Anthem Area. If so, what would you charge?
     
  3. MartyFukstein

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    You'll need a rotary buffer and lots of compound/wax. Min. investment of $200 if you go with a junk brank buffer. You'll probably screw it up, too.

    Might as well hire a pro to do the hull for $200. Another $100 - $200 for the interior.
     
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    Is it paint or gel coat? If its paint, the usual car detailing tools and techniques apply. If it's gel coat, you need to get a little more medieval with it.

    Check out the tools and advice here: http://properboatcare.com/
     
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    thanks guys. I never really go in this forum. I will check out that website. Do you know of anyone in the valley (phoenix area) that does this sort of thing. I would rather just pay someone $150-$200 to do it versus me having to buy the materials.
     
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    You need gel coat specific products most likely. However, if the gel coat is that old and already oxidized, you probably won't make a permanent improvement. You will just be starting an on-going battle.
     
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    also, if you're looking for a detailer, you can check autopia.org in the regional section to see if you can find someone
     
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    have you been drinking jrock? You're actually referring someone to autopia? hahaha. sorry just found it funny as I know how much you dislike that place.
     
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    there are many douchecanoes over there, but I can't not help a guy looking for some assistance. and we don't have anyone in the PHX area, and I'm not sending the guy to look on detailer's bliss. :hs: not really any other options
     
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    oh, just remembered that west marine carries a decent line of detailing products. they also do have 303 stuff and a good selection of meg's marine line IIRC
     
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    Never heard of them. Price isn't that bad though, you'd spend at least that much on other products.
     
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    I usually don't expect high yield results from info-mercial claims.
     
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    thanks! alot of that stuff looks similar to what bass pro has in store. For some reason I am wanting to purchase this in a store for the first time I use it :dunno:

    any ideas on applicators? Do I need a buffer, rags, microfiber, or what? I think my brother in law has a buffer that I could borrow, but never used one before. thx for the links and help guys.
     
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    #105 is really good on gel coats. Done a few this spring. Top with Collinite 476 and you're good to go.
     
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    oh, sorry, thought west had a store in your area.
     
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    Angle grinder that will turn at least 6,000rpm with a buffing wheel attachment. Apply generous amounts of 3M cleaner wax (restorer wax if it's really bad) and buff away. Then wash. Then, use a normal low-speed car buffer with 3M's finishing wax.

    That method will restore 40+ year old gelcoat to like-new condition in almost every case.
     
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    Please don't do that. Use a rotary @ 1500-1800 rpms with a gel coat specific polish.
     
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    Is it just me, or does it seem like we're having an influx of hacks in here lately? :hsugh:
     
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    Actually, I'm not a hack. I've been restoring old boats for 15 years, and my my father ran a fiberglass company for 20 years, where I worked for six years myself.

    The reason you want a high-speed grinder is because, when you put the heavy buffing wheel on it, it won't be able to turn full speed. You need it to turn at high speed to take off the top layer of gelcoat. The drag of the buffing wheel brings it down to about the proper speed.
     
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    Get it clean and put a good wax/sealer on it. Anything more is wasting time.
     
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    If the boat is heavily oxidized, you are better off having it repainted if you want it to look good.

    If you can't get all the oxidation off the paint, a wax or sealant is going to leave a streaky finish. If the gel coat isn't oxidized, once you get any water spotting out, then a wax or sealant is all you need.

    Personally, I hate detailing boats. Just hate it. Every damn cushion you clean has a compartment underneath and dealing with oxidized gel coats sucks.
     
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    If you used gel coat specific products, you wouldn't need such high rpms. 3M's cleaner wax isn't very aggressive.
     

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