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shortyx250
04-04-2011, 11:24 AM
Hey everyone I am going to clean up the exterior of my 1980 Stars & Stripes. I was wondering what everyone recomends using. I am guessing 3m products are the best. Is it ok to use auto compounds that you can get from the parts store? Or do you have to use marine specific products.

Gravy
04-04-2011, 07:02 PM
Im partial to 3M myself. Automotive compounds are fine...use a heavy cut(rubbing compund) to run over the real faded spots, then give it a polish and some wax. good to go!

I have an 86 and went over the whole topside and the sides with a heavy cut, then polish, then follow with wax...looks great

you can get more aggressive with gelcoat than automotive clears or single stage paints. but you still have to be careful around the edges!

Drew

Gravy
04-04-2011, 07:05 PM
I dont need a hard time about the trailer fenders...those will get fixed as soon as i get the boat off the trailer!haha

Drew

Covi
04-04-2011, 07:16 PM
I dont need a hard time about the trailer fenders...those will get fixed as soon as i get the boat off the trailer!haha

Drew

Vermont?????

shortyx250
04-04-2011, 10:55 PM
Mine is pretty bad. I was thinking maybe 1000 grit, then heavy compound, minor compound, polish, then wax. All 3m products. Does that sound like to much?

thatsmrmastercraft
04-04-2011, 11:50 PM
I dont need a hard time about the trailer fenders...those will get fixed as soon as i get the boat off the trailer!haha

Drew

Nice work.:cool:

dmminfla
04-05-2011, 02:25 AM
I dont need a hard time about the trailer fenders...those will get fixed as soon as i get the boat off the trailer!haha

Drew


Looks great but I think that 86 could use some rainbow!!!!

Gravy
04-05-2011, 08:34 PM
Vermont?????

central Vermont...Usually at Peacham pond skiing, sometimes Marshfield resevoir or Lake Groton. Which lakes/ponds do you take the 'ol skier?

Drew

Gravy
04-05-2011, 08:41 PM
Mine is pretty bad. I was thinking maybe 1000 grit, then heavy compound, minor compound, polish, then wax. All 3m products. Does that sound like to much?

sounds like a buisy day, but the resultwill be worth it!:)

Covi
04-05-2011, 08:56 PM
Waterbury, champlain, caspian, sunapee

wtrskr
04-05-2011, 11:10 PM
Mine is pretty bad. I was thinking maybe 1000 grit, then heavy compound, minor compound, polish, then wax. All 3m products. Does that sound like to much?

If you go with 3M marine products you should be able to go from 1000 grit, to 3M marine rubbing compound, to 3M finesse it (polish), to wax. I don't believe 3m offers both a heavy and a minor compound as you describe. I imagine the automotive stuff does the trick if you go that route.

Whether or not it is too much depends on how bad your oxidation is. You can always try just the rubbing compound and if it doesn't seem to take care of it, break out the sandpaper.

wtrskr
04-05-2011, 11:15 PM
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H20skeefreek
04-06-2011, 08:03 AM
I think if I had the boat in Vermont, I'd keep the rainbow graphics off of it.

shortyx250
04-06-2011, 08:41 PM
Thanks waterskier. I did a little section with sandpaper then compound and it looked great. Its going to look really good when I get it done. I will post some pics.

Gravy
04-10-2011, 09:29 PM
I think if I had the boat in Vermont, I'd keep the rainbow graphics off of it.

HaHa...The Rainbows were removed by the previous owner, I added a few stars instead. Cheep and subtle

Gravy
04-10-2011, 09:33 PM
Thanks waterskier. I did a little section with sandpaper then compound and it looked great. Its going to look really good when I get it done. I will post some pics.

post some before and after shots for sure...

CantRepeat
04-11-2011, 06:52 AM
The graphic on the fender looks like and 86 model. If that is the case, your boat is an 86, Jim at Baws makes the 86 graphics.

H20skeefreek
04-11-2011, 08:26 AM
Im partial to 3M myself. Automotive compounds are fine...use a heavy cut(rubbing compund) to run over the real faded spots, then give it a polish and some wax. good to go!

I have an 86 and went over the whole topside and the sides with a heavy cut, then polish, then follow with wax...looks great

you can get more aggressive with gelcoat than automotive clears or single stage paints. but you still have to be careful around the edges!

Drew

He knows it's an 86 rainbow warrior, and I don't think he wants the rainbows, and I don't know if I blame him. I'm all about keeping it real....but rainbows? What were they thinking? There is a reason they only had that scheme for 1 year.

CantRepeat
04-11-2011, 09:15 AM
He knows it's an 86 rainbow warrior, and I don't think he wants the rainbows, and I don't know if I blame him. I'm all about keeping it real....but rainbows? What were they thinking? There is a reason they only had that scheme for 1 year.


I like the 86 decals. :D

Willski
04-11-2011, 03:53 PM
I like the 86 decals. :D

Not me man,....all about the stars!

dmminfla
04-11-2011, 04:31 PM
Not me man,....all about the stars!

If it has stars it's not an 86!

H20skeefreek
04-11-2011, 04:46 PM
I like the 86 decals. :D
Can't repeat because of DADT? Since you like the rainbows.

CantRepeat
04-11-2011, 04:48 PM
If it has stars it's not an 86!

It's an 86 and he added the stars.

CantRepeat
04-11-2011, 04:49 PM
Can't repeat because of DADT? Since you like the rainbows.


The gist of your pun is pretty gross! :D

dmminfla
04-11-2011, 04:56 PM
It's an 86 and he added the stars.

I should have said it's dosn't have origanal 86 graphics. My first MC was an 86 but the PO changed the decals also.