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08-14-2014, 07:30 AM
I'm starting a project which will be attacking the oxidation on a red & orange hull. The plan is to use an 7" electric buffer & foam pans. I found these at Harbor freight.

Do I need to buy several pads for a 26' boat, or do there pads last a long time? I will be using Mcguiars finishing compound to start the process.

This will be my first attempt at removing oxidation from fiberglass. Any advise you may have would be greatly appreciated....-Rich

08-14-2014, 07:56 AM
Wet sand it with 2000 grit sand paper then polish with the buffer then wax. You will be amazed at how it will bring the boat back to a new boat shine. I used Performance Boat Candy's crystal cut compound and polish and it worked great!! http://www.performanceboatcandy.com/shop/Boat-Care-Products.html

08-14-2014, 09:45 AM
x2 on the wet sand. As long as the water looks milky keep going......when you see color stop:biggrin:

08-14-2014, 07:55 PM
+1 on wet sanding. Don't waste your time trying compounds, you'll end up wet sanding after the gel gets chalky again (not to mention spewing a few choice words).

08-17-2014, 08:48 PM
Took a ride to Leggett yesterday to take my time looking over the new project. I am sorry fellas, but I could not bring myself to taking sandpaper to the plastic hull. I did purchase the above products from Harbor freight & did some expermenting. The pics below are after one pass with the cutting compound & an orange foam buffing pad. The pad did start to shred 2/3 the way down one side of the hull. So I need to stock up on pads. The results speak for themselves. The first pic is oxidation on the left & after one pass on the right. I still have to do the polishing & waxing steps yet.


White Lightning
08-18-2014, 07:53 AM
Rich, the compounds will do the same as sanding, albeit at a much slower and controlled pace. The amount of oxidation will dictate which method to use.
Lookin' good!