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    Default colorsanding my 76 tahiti

    So i tried wax.....nothing! i tried buffing....NOTHING!! so i decided to color sand......ITS WORKING!! So I got one side of the boat done, i hope to get the other side done tomorrow

    Driver side, washed and waxed !!(not color sanded)



    other side color sanded and polished


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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcraft137 View Post
    So i tried wax.....nothing! i tried buffing....NOTHING!! so i decided to color sand......ITS WORKING!! So I got one side of the boat done, i hope to get the other side done tomorrow

    Driver side, washed and waxed !!(not color sanded)



    other side color sanded and polished

    I am wanting to start working on my Cimmaron's oxydized gelcoat. If I may ask, how did you do the color sand process, and what products worked for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ-16 View Post
    I am wanting to start working on my Cimmaron's oxydized gelcoat. If I may ask, how did you do the color sand process, and what products worked for you?
    i cleaned the area with soap and water. first i used 1000 grit wet sand paper, then to a 2000 grit wet sand. then meguairs oxidation remover using a porter cable 2474 polisher on med speed with a cutting pad. then followed up with meguairs polish with a finish pad high speed(also with the porter cable polisher)

    i tried using my claybar/high end waxes but they just didnt cut into the gel coat enough. So i went with the stuff that was ment for gel coat. Why waste my expensive stuff if it wasnt working?

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    It looks good!!! Keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nosfomoco View Post
    It looks good!!! Keep up the good work!
    "work" thats the key word! I think it'll be worth it in the end, it just sux getting there

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcraft137 View Post
    "work" thats the key word! I think it'll be worth it in the end, it just sux getting there
    X2...waxing is the easy part.
    It's the sanding and polishing that will make it look good.
    The wax just glosses it up and protects what's under it.

    My boat was very oxidized, like yours, and after just an afternoon of buffing, and then a quick coat of wax, it came out like this.


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    wow thats looking great

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleekcraft137 View Post
    i cleaned the area with soap and water. first i used 1000 grit wet sand paper, then to a 2000 grit wet sand. then meguairs oxidation remover using a porter cable 2474 polisher on med speed with a cutting pad. then followed up with meguairs polish with a finish pad high speed(also with the porter cable polisher)

    i tried using my claybar/high end waxes but they just didnt cut into the gel coat enough. So i went with the stuff that was ment for gel coat. Why waste my expensive stuff if it wasnt working?
    Thanks Sleekcraft. My wetsanding is done, but current compound seems to be too light as you mentioned. Going to the big city today, and will stop by the boat dealer as they carry the Meguairs products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ-16 View Post
    Thanks Sleekcraft. My wetsanding is done, but current compound seems to be too light as you mentioned. Going to the big city today, and will stop by the boat dealer as they carry the Meguairs products.
    Go to a pro paint store, Get a DuPont cutting grid like a seven, stay off the corners, then to a polish, then a Black Magic or equiv, then a Wax. the 2000 should be an easy polishout, remember its sand in the polish so don't burn or go deep. It looks good what you have done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJ-16 View Post
    Thanks Sleekcraft. My wetsanding is done, but current compound seems to be too light as you mentioned. Going to the big city today, and will stop by the boat dealer as they carry the Meguairs products.
    yeah i tried the rubbing compound as well and it just didnt seem to do the trick. Be sure you have a few cutting buffing pads, they'll turn black and just get pretty nasty lookin! On the good side of that you will know that the product is working.

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    I need to do this to my boat. Was your gelcoat looking "cloudy", like it had a layer of crap over the surface? thats what mines doing. Ive got the same "wood grain" gelcoat, mines a 22ft 1975 spectra-copy mini-day cruiser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSXINDUSTRIES View Post
    I need to do this to my boat. Was your gelcoat looking "cloudy", like it had a layer of crap over the surface? thats what mines doing. Ive got the same "wood grain" gelcoat, mines a 22ft 1975 spectra-copy mini-day cruiser.
    yeah it did have a cloudy appearance as well as a grey film on the metal flake.

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