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hello, i am thinking about polishing my laser foils and hull. there are many tutorials and products to use, but my problem is that in my country (Argentina), i can't find any good marine polishers. the most common ones are 3M, but for cars.

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Rubbing-Compound/
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Machine-Polish/
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Hand-Glaze/

 

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Perfect-It-EX-Rubbing-Compound/
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Perfect-It-Machine-Polish/
www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Perfect-It-EX-Ultrafine-Machine-Polish/

 

those are the 6 products i can get, which one or which ones should i use? my biggest fear is that i read that some polishers can oxidise gel coat and leave it yellowish, any one uses one of these?

thank you very much

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First compound then polish, change pads, clean, etc. 3m car products are good, low speed machine polisher is good.

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On 11/1/2018 at 3:31 PM, nanogi said:

hello, i am thinking about polishing my laser foils and hull. there are many tutorials and products to use, but my problem is that in my country (Argentina), i can't find any good marine polishers. the most common ones are 3M, but for cars.

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Rubbing-Compound/
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Machine-Polish/
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Hand-Glaze/

 

https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Perfect-It-EX-Rubbing-Compound/
https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Perfect-It-Machine-Polish/
www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Perfect-It-EX-Ultrafine-Machine-Polish/

 

those are the 6 products i can get, which one or which ones should i use? my biggest fear is that i read that some polishers can oxidise gel coat and leave it yellowish, any one uses one of these?

thank you very much

Do you have a lot of scratches, or dullness in the gel Coat?    How old is the laser?

unless there’s been significant damage I would just use the Hand Glaze. A couple coats of that and you’ll have a very smooth finish. Water will bead on it and it will be very fast.    Polishing with rubbing compound can restore gel coat or mess it up if you don’t know what you are doing, I avoid it for lasers.  

 

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I thought this thread was about Laser's being built in Poland.

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On 11/7/2018 at 1:50 AM, SloopJonB said:

I thought this thread was about Laser's being built in Poland.

i'm sorry to disappoint you.

On 11/7/2018 at 12:49 AM, Lamps said:

Do you have a lot of scratches, or dullness in the gel Coat?    How old is the laser?

unless there’s been significant damage I would just use the Hand Glaze. A couple coats of that and you’ll have a very smooth finish. Water will bead on it and it will be very fast.    Polishing with rubbing compound can restore gel coat or mess it up if you don’t know what you are doing, I avoid it for lasers.  

 

no, it's very shiny overall, it's a laser from 2008, but it has some scratches that i wanted to fix. I intended to fill them with gel coat and then sand and polish them. but i think the rest of the hulll just needs some minor fine tuning.I think i will go with the Hand Glaze, thank you very much!

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Save your cash and wet sand it. Those 3M products and others are great but add up quickly.

Wet sand from 400 -1200 and polish then wax. Don't burn thru the gelcoat. Looks brand new when done right.

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Don’t wax.  Do like Irrational 14 said, but don’t use anything with wax in it.  A good polishing compound is all you need afterwards.  If the water beads up instead of falling off in sheets, it has wax in it and will be slow.

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