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whaler222 posted 04-13-2002 12:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for whaler222   Send Email to whaler222  
for anyone thats interested and willing to put in A LOT of elbow grease.... bought an 88 outrage 22 that had been totally neglected. the gelcoat was very, very oxidized. so i decided to change that. It was so bad i started with 400 grit wet sand and sanded the whole boat inside out. (after filling all cracks and holes with colormatched gelcoat). i then sanded with 800 then proceeded with 1500. Using a hitache 7' sander polisher with a buffing pad on it i used 3m super duty rubing compound from west marine. i aplied the compound with a paint brush aboutr 2 sq. ft. at a time and buffed till glossy. i did this inside and outside the the boat THREE times. at this point it is looking great. I followed all this by using the same teqnique with 3m finesse it II. I did this inside and out TWICE. now its looking even better. finally i applied 2 coats of 3m marine protective liqiud wax. I am very impressed with the results. It actually looks like its only been out of the mold for six months! its like having a new boat. ive done this before with other boats but never got these results. i think its because before i wouldnt wet sand or buff it with compound more than once. it got more glossy with each aplication of compound. it probably took me a good 40 hours of labor but let me tell you it is soooo worth it! remember this boat had been sitting in the sun in saltwater uncovered for 14 years. it now looks new. my next step is to sand all the teak down to bare wood and apply about 15 coats of varnish to each piece. I'll take pics when im all finished. bye everyone!
Bigshot posted 04-15-2002 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Great job. FYI....I would be hesitant to use 400 on glass. I would start with 800 or even 1000 and see how she comes out. Does not take much to cut through faded gel and 400 seems a bit rough.
NEVER SCARED posted 04-15-2002 03:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
Bigshot is right! Oxidation shouldnt need more than 1000 grit. Good news is the hull is about 50 pounds lighter!
Taylor posted 04-15-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Any hints on how to keep your buffing pad from getting sodden and choked with rubbing compound?
Bigshot posted 04-15-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Use a small scraper or flat something and hold it against the pad and let her rip. Gets 90% of the gunk out.

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