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whalerdude posted 08-31-2005 05:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerdude   Send Email to whalerdude  
I want to polish my new Montauk. The dealer just cleaned it but I want to give it a glass like finish. I was hoping that the finish would have been glossier.

I was thinking of using 3M finessit. This seems like a safe product to use on a new boat.

What do you guys/gals think?

LHG posted 08-31-2005 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
Jack - On a brand new boat, I would not use anything with abrasives in it. First try Collinite's #925 Pure Boat Wax and see what you get. I think it's the best wax product on the market, period. Apply with terry cloth pad on orbital buffer, and hand polish with small towel. Collinite's similar liquid Fleetwax has abrasives in it, so don't use that product.
kingfish posted 08-31-2005 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I agree with Larry, Jack-

Don't use Finesse It - that is a rubbing compound (abrasive); very light, but a rubbing compound. Use it for boats that have oxidized a little or need some color restored.

whalerdude posted 08-31-2005 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
Thanks guys.
I appreciate your imput. I have a porter cable random orbit polisher that I will use with a foam pad. I'll let you know how it turns out.

diveorfish posted 09-01-2005 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
For what it’s worth I just went through a major detailing effort on my boat. For grins, I went the complete Meguiar’s route. I used Heavy-Duty Oxidation Remover (49) Color Restorer (44), Boat Polish (45) and the Boat/RV Pure Wax (56).

I used the Porter-Cable random-orbital buffer but on some chalky areas it wasn’t quite enough. For those areas, I used a wool bonnet thing that hooks on to a drill to emulate a rotary buffer. (I didn’t feel like springing for a good rotary buffer that weekend)

The results were awesome. My boat shined like never before with that wet look. The products are gentle. Even the Heavy-Duty Oxidation Remover (49) was gentle but effective. The boat looked showroom new.

I have to admit though it was a real pain in the ass. Because my boat has so many nooks and crannies I couldn’t use the buffer in as many places as I would have liked. It took me 2 and a half days to do it bow to stern.

Whalerdude: For your boat I would use the Meguiar’s Boat Polish (45) then a good wax of your choice. The polish makes all the difference. If you have any discolorations due to scratches etc., the Color Restorer (44) will take them right off just by wiping with a terrycloth towel, then polish the area.

I also was able to find a wool bonnet that fit over my PC polishing pad. The wool makes all the difference when polishing as well. I used the PC polishing pad to wax.

Based on my recent experience, I think the website properboatcare.com offers some sage advice. Next time I will try their junk.

diveorfish posted 09-01-2005 12:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
For what it’s worth I just went through a major detailing effort on my boat. For grins, I went the complete Meguiar’s route. I used Heavy-Duty Oxidation Remover (49) Color Restorer (44), Boat Polish (45) and the Boat/RV Pure Wax (56).

I used the Porter-Cable random-orbital buffer but on some chalky areas it wasn’t quite enough. For those areas, I used a wool bonnet thing that hooks on to a drill to emulate a rotary buffer. (I didn’t feel like springing for a good rotary buffer that weekend)

The results were awesome. My boat shined like never before with that wet look. The products are gentle. Even the Heavy-Duty Oxidation Remover (49) was gentle but effective. The boat looked showroom new.

I have to admit though it was a real pain in the ass. Because my boat has so many nooks and crannies I couldn’t use the buffer in as many places as I would have liked. It took me 2 and a half days to do it bow to stern.

Whalerdude: For your boat I would use the Meguiar’s Boat Polish (45) then a good wax of your choice. The polish makes all the difference. If you have any discolorations due to scratches etc., the Color Restorer (44) will take them right off just by wiping with a terrycloth towel, then polish the area.

I also was able to find a wool bonnet that fit over my PC polishing pad. The wool makes all the difference when polishing as well. I used the PC polishing pad to wax.

Based on my recent experience, I think the website properboatcare.com offers some sage advice. Next time I will try their junk.

diveorfish posted 09-01-2005 12:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Sorry. It was slow so I hit the submit button twice by accident.
kingfish posted 09-01-2005 01:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I've been through all the Meguiars stuff and it has worked real well for me too. Then LHG introdued me to Finesse It and Collinite #925, and there is simply no comparison in ease of use or effectiveness when compared to Meguiars color restorer and wax; the former wins hands down. I still do use Meguiars polish before the Collinite wax and I think it gives a better shine yet.

LHG posted 09-01-2005 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for LHG    
If one wants to use the Meguiars wax products instead of Collinite 925, BW actually recommended the #26 Pure Yellow Carnuba wax product instead of the #56 product. Boat stores do not have the #26. You have to get it at Pep Boys.
diveorfish posted 09-01-2005 05:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Next time I will try the Collinite #925. It was a matter of not being able to find it at my local boating store that particular day. I will also try the “Finesse It” as well.

Thank the lord though; I now have my boat in an indoor storage place. No sun, no dirt. I go there and they hook me up and disconnect me. They even make sure my trailer tires are inflated correctly before I pick up my boat. I may now be able to avoid the “Finesse It” step for a long time to come.

Kingfish: You use the Meguiars Boat Polish, is that still the best polish you have found?

kingfish posted 09-01-2005 06:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
divorfish-

So far it is, but I haven't experimented very far.

The ability to keep your boat inside ("trailer queen, and proud of it"), has got to be the single most effective way to keep a boat looking good. Way to go...

Mine is in a "Coverit" shelter, and is about 80% like being indoors - for some reason though it picks up dust and bug droppings like you can't believe!

whalerdude posted 09-03-2005 12:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerdude  Send Email to whalerdude     
diveorfish
how old is your outrage?

i like it that my new boat will likely never have to be restored as I will keep it inside whenever it is not on the water!

diveorfish posted 09-04-2005 03:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for diveorfish  Send Email to diveorfish     
Whalerdude: My boat is a 2001 that I bought in April of 2002. It was a year old but never sold so it was considered new. For the last 3 years it was stored in a covered spot much Like Kingfish’s situation. I had to contend with dust bug and bird droppings as birds sat in the ceiling joists. Two feet of my bow was occasionally exposed to the sun. The boat was looking new except for the 2 feet of bow area that was a bit oxidized and needed a little compounding. Even that looks new now. If you are storing your boat indoors, it will look new forever assuming you wax it and polish it once in a while.

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