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brucemac
09-15-2008, 09:41 PM
so i spent about 3 hours last friday polishing and then waxing my boat.

it looked great, but i just coulnd't seem to get out a few smaller sized scratches. they are just a hair bigger than swirl marks.

i polished with mcquires polish, the least abrasive, and then finished with mcquires black bottle (gold class?) marine wax.

what polish should i step up to to try and eliminate those small scratches?

like i said, it looked great, but seems like i could do better. did all this by hand btw.

also wondering too if maybe i'm not waiting for the polish to settle up or haze prior to buffing.

any advice?

still a little scared to use my electric buffer as it's orbital and not circular.

TMCNo1
09-15-2008, 09:54 PM
2000 Micro Fine Wet/Dry sandpaper, sand wet, polish out with buffer using Blue Magic Metal Polish and a good topcoat of wax! Been doing it on the '89 for 20 years! Yes, it says Fiberglass on the box too!
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brucemac
09-15-2008, 10:03 PM
do you own stock in blue magic?! ;)

okay, i'm a little scared to try it, but i'll give it a go keelside to try. no swirls?

TMCNo1
09-15-2008, 10:18 PM
do you own stock in blue magic?! ;)

okay, i'm a little scared to try it, but i'll give it a go keelside to try. no swirls?


No, but I do know a couple plumbers and homebuilders who install new and upgrades using Fiberglass shower/tub enclosures and they use it to clean them up after the install.

brucemac
09-15-2008, 10:40 PM
right on, thanks tmcno1 :)

Skipper
09-16-2008, 11:37 AM
You have to go in order from most abrasive to least abrasive. Likely, the small scratches you see after buffing could be removed by first wet sanding with 2000 like #1 said. Then the buffing will remove the light scratches from sanding. Follow with a polish. The wax will only protect the shine but not eliminate any scratches.

damaged442
09-16-2008, 01:13 PM
I second the Blue Magic! Used it this spring on my 89! I have used it on my cars for years and it does wonders on metals. Earlier this summer, I used it to polish a hazy headlight on a buddy's car. After the job it did on the plastic headlight, I figured why not try the boat? I was skeptical, but was pleased with the results. Like Harold said, it says fiberglass on the box!!

TMCNo1
09-16-2008, 02:36 PM
I second the Blue Magic! Used it this spring on my 89! I have used it on my cars for years and it does wonders on metals. Earlier this summer, I used it to polish a hazy headlight on a buddy's car. After the job it did on the plastic headlight, I figured why not try the boat? I was skeptical, but was pleased with the results. Like Harold said, it says fiberglass on the box!!

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Skipper
09-22-2008, 02:59 PM
Thank's, finally someone to back my big azz up!

I am with you, my friend. I just submit that you should first use the most abrasive measures first. The sanding gets rid of the bigger scratches and scuff marks. The buffing gets rid of the sanding marks. I would put the Blue Magic in the category of polish to be used after buffing. Then follow with a good wax.

I use Blue Magic, too.