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Disco Stu posted 03-05-2003 11:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for Disco Stu   Send Email to Disco Stu  
I an attempt to semi-restore an old blue Montauk I am debating if I should wet sand/buff out the interior. My big concern is that I am unsure of how I might sand the floor without damaging the non-skid surface. Can anyone offer any advice on how I might tackle this? Also, how necessary is it to use a random orbit sander and if so, would you recommend buying a larger diameter sander or one that is small enough to handle the tight spaces? Thanks.
Bigshot posted 03-06-2003 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Wet sanding with 1000 grit will not damage the non-skid.
hardensheetmetal posted 03-06-2003 04:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
I am a little confused why you would want to attempt to wet sand the non-skid. I doubt that you would ever be able to get it to 'buff' with wet sand paper, especially down in the valleys. I would think that white rubbing compound and a stiff brush would have a better effect, or maybe something even a little milder like MaryKate (not the 15 year olds!) or softscrub.


Disco Stu posted 03-06-2003 04:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Disco Stu  Send Email to Disco Stu     
Yeah, the non-skid part of the deck is quite oxidized and the greatest eye sore, but I have no Idea how to return it to original continion.. or if that is even possible. I'll give the rubbing compound a go, and hopefully there will be some improvement. Thanks for the help.
Backlash posted 03-06-2003 04:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Backlash  Send Email to Backlash     
I've had good luck using white polishing compound with a random/orbital buffer on the non-skid. I use a terry cloth bonnet. The non-skid will really tear up the bonnets. I'd be afraid to try wet sanding it.

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