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Old 09-19-2016, 11:33 PM
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Auto rubbing coumpound vs boat ones??

I cant find any rubbing compounds localy made specificly for gel coats.. I see lots online do i really need to spend 6o bucks on a "boat rubbing compound" or will the 4dollar one at Ace work fine? Ddoes it matter what kinda head i use? I see cloth ones and foam ones in different colors im asuming is its grit?
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:36 PM
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This should help on pad selection .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFnmfn9mwYc
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:58 PM
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The marine compounds are more aggressive because gel coat is more forgiving and you can get more aggressive with it.

You should try a marine specific store or Amazon for products.

Also, YouTube is your friend as you are learning what to do.
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:10 AM
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Ok so ill just grab a heavy compound from ace if thats the only difference
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Old 09-20-2016, 12:18 AM
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The boat polishes all seem to have wax built in.

Anyone notice that? Hull restorer and the like?
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Old 09-20-2016, 03:19 AM
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Won't make any difference, but I don't see the $4 stuff doing much for you. Maybe to run out a little scuff or something.
You can get small bottles of 3m or meguairs compound and polish though.
Same with pads. A cheap wool pad will work. Buffed out a lot of paint and gel with one, but a quality pad will work better and you don't need to worry about burning thru a cheap pad.
Whatever $ you spend will be well spent IMO. I bought good body shop quality pads for compounding and polishing many years ago and after several uses, they are still like new. Prolly last me forever. Same with good quality compound. It will last until you use it up. Mines been frozen multiple times, but that doesn't affect it.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:14 AM
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So you like cloth over the foam ones then_
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Old 09-20-2016, 09:49 AM
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So you like cloth over the foam ones then_
Depends on the tool being used.
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Old 09-20-2016, 01:08 PM
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Depends on the tool being used.
Exactly!

I use a rotary with wool and a DA with foam. Foam pads will fail with excessive heat, which a rotary definitely provides!

All of this also depends on the initial condition of the gel. We can't really recommend something without seeing pics of what you are starting with.

OP, have you ever polished out gelcoat or automotive finishes before? I would not recommend just blasting away on your finish with a heavy compound. You really want to go with the least aggressive methodology first. Step up as needed.
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:10 PM
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OP, have you ever polished out gelcoat or automotive finishes before? I would not recommend just blasting away on your finish with a heavy compound. You really want to go with the least aggressive methodology first. Step up as needed.
I agree but you can go more aggressive on gelcoat vs shiny black soft paint.
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