View Full Version : Auto or Marine wax?

05-13-2010, 01:30 PM
I am doing a small gel coat repair and need some compound and wax to finish the job. What do you all think about using automotive rubbing compound on a boat? I'm not sure if there are any differences other then marine products costing twice as much..

05-13-2010, 01:41 PM
I would guess as long as you are 'cutting' you will be fine. I would recommend finesse II tho. That is a 3M product for after applying the compound. The finess will help bring the shine back.

05-13-2010, 02:12 PM
As a body shop owner I would use automotive 3M product's to polish and clean it all up. Then get some good wax and it should shine for you again. Are you going to by hand or machine wheel? If you do it by hand might take some time. With a Wheel take your time and dont press to hard and it will look great. My2Cents.

05-13-2010, 06:25 PM
A marine compound is made with much harder abrasives for cutting gel-coat. You could use an automotive product on a boat but not visa versa. Using an Automotive product compound on a boat is like brining a knife to a gun fight. You might get the job done but it could get bloody. Never use a Marine product on a car, you will not like the results, swirls swirls swirls! Use all the auto wax on your gelcoat you want there is really not much difference in the two.

05-13-2010, 11:11 PM
So turtle wax is just as good as anything else?

05-14-2010, 06:52 AM

05-14-2010, 09:44 PM
So is turtle wax just as good?

05-14-2010, 10:42 PM
So is turtle wax just as good?

yes, all i have ever used.

05-14-2010, 11:21 PM
T H A N K S !

05-15-2010, 08:20 AM

This wax is pure wax. It has zero cleaners of abrasives and goes on smoothly and comes off easy.