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blackTT
11-22-2011, 11:10 PM
Hi guys
My black 2008 tournament is covered in light fine scratches. I think from the factory boat cover. What product and what technique should I use to bring it back to a brand new finish.

JohnE
11-23-2011, 01:50 PM
There are lots of threads about this topic. Buffer and compound will likely remove the scratches. Next step would be wet sanding. Towing with cover on will definitely cause this.

blackTT
11-23-2011, 05:30 PM
IVe been using meguiers ultra cut compound with there cutting pad, but I'm not happy with results, I'm not sure if that's right product or if I'm not spending enough time on it. Nonce of the scratches are deep,can't feel them with ur nail.

BrianM
11-25-2011, 01:31 PM
Try 3m Super Duty compound with a wool pad. You will then need to polish and wax. That compound will take out 800 grit scratches. If you are using a random orbit polisher you probably won't get enough 'bite' to get good results. Circular polisher is needed to really get the scratches out. If that doesn't work wet sand with 800 first then compound and polish. Deeper scratches will probably need 600 first.

Kyle
11-25-2011, 06:54 PM
If wet sanding I only use 1000 and 1500 grits followed by a compound, followed by polish, finished with wax.

My fiberglass guy showed me how to do this. He said 800 and below grits will leave sand marks and you will have to come back with 1000 grit or higher to get out the sand marks. He said 800 is for deep scratches but you have got to resand with 1000 then again 1500 then compound, polish, wax.


I sanded my buddies 07 black mobius and used my glass guys method. Boat looks brand new again.

I also used a high speed buffer.

BrianM
11-27-2011, 03:08 PM
If wet sanding I only use 1000 and 1500 grits followed by a compound, followed by polish, finished with wax.

My fiberglass guy showed me how to do this. He said 800 and below grits will leave sand marks and you will have to come back with 1000 grit or higher to get out the sand marks. He said 800 is for deep scratches but you have got to resand with 1000 then again 1500 then compound, polish, wax.


I sanded my buddies 07 black mobius and used my glass guys method. Boat looks brand new again.

I also used a high speed buffer.
3m Super Duty Compound will take out 1000 grit scratches. No need for 1500 if you use the 3m compound.

Kyle
11-27-2011, 11:16 PM
3m Super Duty Compound will take out 1000 grit scratches. No need for 1500 if you use the 3m compound.

I don't know I guess. I used 3m compound with a snap on buffer and I could see sand marks after buffing a good bit. I always OCD and sand the 1500 grit. I am a perfectionist and I wanted it perfect.

BrianM
11-28-2011, 09:22 AM
3m makes a lot of different compounds. The Super Duty with a high quality wool pad on a circular buffer is what I use and has always taken out 1000 scratches. Have used it on both my red and a buddies dark blue boat.

Regardless whatever works for you keep doing.

Thrall
11-29-2011, 05:47 PM
The 3M med cut claims it will take out 1200grit scratches.
On harder gelcoat I finish sand with 1200 and 1500 or it takes alot of effort to get the 1200scratches out. On clearcoat (automotive) I'll stop at 1000grit and take the rest out with the buffer if I applied it (know it's thick). On factory finishes, I've never used sandpaper (well once and 1000 burned through after about 10 passes trying to blend a panel), just compound.