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color restorer technique
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posted 12-23-2001 11:28 AM ET (US)
progressing on the restoration of the 67 sakonnet. a question about the use of the meguire's. i've got a 5" orbital polisher.(porter cable) i've been applying the meguire's44. what's the best technique to get the max.effect. two different pads? 1 appplication. 2 buffing. do you keep applying and working the stuff until it dries and is removed back onto the pad while not changing the pad. do you apply. let dry and then buff with a clean pad? i am making progress, however i've ripped apart two oem buffing and polishing pads (some sort of foam padding) is there a different pad i should be using on the polisher?
thanks for your response.
posted 12-23-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)
Sounds like you have some pretty bad oxidation. The #44 color restorer is moderately aggressive so be careful about burning through the gelcoat. I used it on a dampened orbital applied directly to the pad, it seemed to work great, after I cut through the oxidation I hand buffed off the residue, then went to a new pad and used #45 boat polish following the same porcedure (a finer grit)after that buff off all powdered residue and apply # 56 pure wax by hand with cotton cloth and buff off with cotton cloth (my wifes old flannel nighties work fantastic). There is also a product out there called 'Penetrol' that can be found at paint stores (at least it used to be) that is used for thinning alykd paints and they claim it works great on oxidized gelcoat, I had a sailor verbally claim to its' mystical powers. Hope this helps get that gelcoat back in shape.
posted 12-23-2001 08:42 PM ET (US)
I use terry cloth pads for both operations - one to apply, and a different one to buff out.
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