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Old 29-10-2012, 23:49   #1
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Polishing Clay

Anyone tried polishing clay on your sailboat gelcoat?

I saw a you tube video on the product, and I picked up some to try it.

Just pulled my sailboat from the lake, and I power washed her well. Before I put her away for the winter, I want to wax her. That is where the polishing clay comes in, between the wash and the wax.

It feels like play do from childhood. You roll it out flat, and rub it pretty briskly against the gelcoat. Whet it does, it takes off all the high spots. Bug juice, tar, spots in the finish itself. Makes the finish amazingly smoother.

I have done about a tenth of the hill between the waterline and the rub rail. It is a little bit of work, but the results are amazing. Feeling it with your hands, you can tell a big difference.

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Old 30-10-2012, 00:05   #2
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Re: Polishing Clay

You must not have a marine store near you.

Use 3M Imperial Compound on a wool pad at low RPM, followed by Imperial Microfine, followed by Finesse-It on a foam pad, followed by Collinite Fleet Wax hand buffed with terry towels. Start with just Imperial and a Makita until you know what you're doing, right now the rest is overkill. How about some nice high res pics of your work so far?
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