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Old 04 August 2010, 09:11   #11
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Any decent polish will finish the job. I use Mer.
Polishes don't offer any protection as all they do is cut away at the paint.
You should really finish off with a wax or a sealent.

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Chewy, is that the same as Random orbital?

That's much polishing of your car
Yeh random orbital is the same as dual action.
Did the car for the first time the other day and took about 5 hrs, it stays cleaner for longer after wax has been applied and is then easier to clean next time. Carlac sealent for windows is also good, works like rain x.
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Old 04 August 2010, 17:59   #12
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Did the car for the first time the other day
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This is a pic from an old polishing thread from 2007. It is off my old Hardy Pilot, the hulls of which were notorious for fading and oxidising. I used 3M Marine fibreglass restorer and polished the whole hull by hand, which came up without too much effort. You can see the difference it made....trouble is it's back to where it was now
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Old 05 August 2010, 06:34   #15
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I'm doing a spot of RIB tidying and want to rejuvenate the topside glasswork and the hull. I've searched here for suitable cleaners, compounds and polishes, so good there, but I'm a newbie at this stuff - can anyone recommend a polishing machine and suitable pads? I'll probably be ordering from the UK so a link is as good as a nod to a blind horse.

I don't need top end kit for commercial use but I don't believe in buying scrap either (no Redbay comments, pls )

If there are any obvious (to you) pitfalls in working with compound and polish, I'd REALLY appreciate hearing about them now, before I start
Chewy knows his stuff.. the only thing I would say is Makita do a orbital polisher that has a I believe a shunt motor,this means it's speed stays constant irrespective of how hard or soft you use it. It's also variable speed, also very important. Useing plenty water (which is neccessary) dosen't get thrown about if you can start slowly with variable speed. The one I have has done some sterling work over the years.

All the boating forums in the states rate Maguiar's. Mer is good, but takes twice the time, last half as long and dosen't repel the crap for as long.

So G10 ,take your time,(the cut is 75% of it) then Maguiar's .....then get your gregory pecs on ..
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Thanks!

Many thanks to all for sterling advice. I have enough to go on but feel free to keep it coming. Especially links to good deals on a polisher...

There are some champion deal spotters on here
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ere's my bit, put the polish on the job with a paint brush not on the mop head, that way when you start it up it don't flick everywhere
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put the polish on the job with a paint brush not on the mop head...
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ere's my bit, put the polish on the job with a paint brush not on the mop head,
Yep, I use a witches hat.
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Old 06 August 2010, 05:33   #20
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Yep, I use a witches hat.

Seeing you using a witches hat must be worth a picture
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