TotalBoat Professional Boat Polishing Kit
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Boat Polishing Kits

Every spring we get tons of calls about buffing supplies and equipment -- naturally, everyone wants to know what we recommend. This complete polishing system is a great deal. The items in either of these kits would easily retail at more than $270 if purchased separately. Let us set you up with everything you need to polish a 20+ foot boat to a dazzling shine.

The Basic Kit includes everything you need to get the job done. If you're looking for professional results, the Pro Kit adds high gloss finishing material and protective gear at a great value.

 
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Basic Polishing Kit Includes:

  • (1) TotalBoat TotalBuff Rubbing Compound (Quart)
  • (1) TotalBoat Premium Marine Paste Wax (11 oz)
  • (1) Variable Speed Angle Polisher / Sander (BUF-PS07401)
  • (1) 3M Superbuff Double Sided Polishing Pad (3M-05705)
  • (1) 3M Superbuff Mandrel Adapter (3M-05710)
  • (1) High Performance Cleaning Cloth

Professional Polishing Kit Also Includes:

  • (1) TotalBoat TotalShine Finishing Compound (Pint)
  • (1) Atlas Fits Rubber Palm Gloves (BOS-8420)
  • (1) 3M 8511 Particulate Respirator (3M-8511)
  • (1) 3M Virtua V4 Protective Eyewear (3M-62038)

 

What you need to understand is that these compounds are basically liquid abrasive and what you're doing is lightly sanding or polishing your hull. The more faded or "oxidized" your hull is the more you need to compound/polish in order to get back to the original hull color.

Step 1: Compounding

If your topsides are really faded, you should go with the TotalBoat TotalBuff Rubbing Compound. This stuff is great at bringing back the original color and knocking out the ugly, faded look. It is applied with the polisher and pad.

Step 2: Finishing

The next step is to follow up with a finishing material boat polish in order to get a glossy, bright finish. We recommend TotalBoat TotalShine Finishing Compound. Again, you apply this with a polisher and a pad.

Believe it or not, you can get technical about buffing pads, in that there are pads with varying levels of aggressiveness for the compounding and finishing steps. However, generally you can get away with just using the 3M Superbuff Double Sided Polishing Pad (3M-05705) for boat compound and polish applications. You can use both sides of it - one for compounding and one for finishing. It requires the 3M Superbuff Mandrel Adapter (3M-05710).

Step 3: Waxing

After the boat polish is applied, the final step is to protect your finish with a wax. Use our TotalBoat Premium Marine Paste Wax. It's important that you seal and protect the finish with a good wax to maintain the gloss that you just acquired. You can use any old rag to apply it but the rag will become clogged with the wax and eventually become ineffective.

The High Performance Cloth is textured in a way that it does not absorb the wax and results in a great finish. Once you use one, you'll never go back.

BRAND: TotalBoat
Type: Cleaning Kit
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must Buy!!

By Centurion

from Enterprise Alabama

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        Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

        Worked even better than I expected. It has everything you need to make a tough job easier. It took me a solid day to get the results in the pictures below, but saved me the $800.00 that was quoted by a professional!!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Why did I wait so long!

        By RJ

        from Oklahoma City, OK

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        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • GREAT SHINE

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

            My 1978 Glastron 17' runabout looks like new. We have received glowing comments about its appearance. Never been so proud of the boat. Have already recommended the polishing kit to other boat owners.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Basic Boat Polishing Kit -

            By Forget-Me-Knot

            from Panama City Beach, Florida

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Pros

            • Great Value
            • Multi-Use
            • Works very well

            Cons

            • Need to add Finesse II

            Best Uses

            • Boat fiberglas auto

            Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

            The Basic kit would be a better value if it included one bottle of the Finesse II Finish Polish, which is needed to finish the job. The Pro Kit has one bottle of Finesse included; throw in another bottle of Finesse II and keep the gloves, goggles and respirator. The results are extraordinary! My hull has the original 1995 gel-coat, has never been refinished, has been exposed to the elements continuously since she was launched, and the Imperial Compound with the Finesse II IS THE TRICK to getting her looking new again!! The angle polisher, Buffalo Tools item BUF-PS07401, worked very well, the variable speed adjustment is a nice feature, except after 2 hours of polishing, the switch jammed in the run position, and I had to pull the switch out to get it to stop. A bit of silicone lube fixed that problem. For a [$] polisher, still a better deal than a $165.00 dollar DeWalt polisher.

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            5.0

            Good Kit, Good Material

            By eryp

            from Berthoud, CO

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                  Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                  Great kit with everything you need to get the shine back on your boat. It took me the better part of two days to completely compound (Imperial Compound) and buff (Finesse) the boat from top to bottom. My boat had almost no shine at all before and now it is near showroom perfect. This kit makes a hard project a little easier and gives great results if you take the time and care to do it right.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Worth It

                  By Dave

                  from Tucson, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Removes heavy oxidation
                  • Shines up boat like new

                  Cons

                  • Hard work
                  • Messy

                  Best Uses

                  • Old faded boats

                  Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                  This is a nice kit. Along with the video posted on the website it gave me the confidence to restore the shine to my boat. It was pretty neglected for 8 or 9 years and these products have it looking like new. I was amazed at how the shine, gloss and smoothness came back. I was also impressed with the scratch removal. All but the deepest scratches in my finish came out. A couple tips: Don't kid yourself, this is hard work, if you want to do it right. It took me two solid days to get my 20' runabout looking good. Also, I would highly recommend buying an extra polishing pad. I bought the 3M pad for compounding in addition to the kit and I am glad I did, as I don't think one pad would be enough to do a large job. The downside is the compunding pad sheds like crazy. The buffing pad that comes with the kit did not shed nearly as much. Compounding is a messy, messy job. Between the dust and pad debris it makes really bad mess. The results are great though. Someone wrote on here that there wasn't a big difference between the results of the Imperial Compund and the Finese Glaze. I found you could really tell a difference on the darker colors, but white parts not as much.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good Product

                  By Bob

                  from Baltimore, MD

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                        Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                        Good product for the DIYS'er boat waxer. Contained everything I need to obtain a very nice finish. I needed to compound and wax so the products and tool sold as a kit was ideal. I'll also note that ordering this product from JD was a very good experience.

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                        5.0

                        Simply great

                        By Disorderly

                        from Wisconsin

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                              Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                              My first spring clean of our fairly weathered and oxidized 10 year old 21' sport boat. The 3M imperial compound rightly deserves its acclaim, bought back our dark green hull and white topsides beautifully. The finesse it adds the final touch to the polishing stage and the wax comes off perfectly with the 3M high performance cloth. That thing is amazing! The buffer performed how I would have expected, the slow start feature is nice and prevents too much sling of the compounds. The 3M yellow buff pad held up nicely, would be nice if the kit had a spur to keep it unclogged. All in all a nice kit at a nice price and a job done properly.

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                              4.0

                              Simple way to getting everything right

                              By Boat-a-holic

                              from Loudon, Tennessee

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                                    Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                                    We keep our Sea Ray 240 Sundeck in the water year-round, so each Spring there is some serious work needed to remove oxidation and restore luster to the fiberglass. Using the JD Boat Polishing Kit, the work this year was easier -- and quicker --than ever...and the boat looks like new. That's not bad for a 10-year-old boat that we try to use every month of the year.

                                    I did find that I get the desired results more easily with Meguiars One Step Compound in lieu of the 3M Imperial Compound provided in the Kit. Still, I think the Kit is a bargain filled with all the quality components necessary to do the job.

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                                    4.0

                                    What a DEAL !!

                                    By Jpilot2010

                                    from Killeen, TX (Fort Hood)

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                                    Pros

                                    • Glass like finish
                                    • Removed oxidation
                                    • Simple directions

                                    Cons

                                    • Lots of compund residue
                                    • Pad fibers go everywhere

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Boat gelcoat

                                    Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                                    This polisher is about equivalent to my $600 polisher (great deal). One downside is you need an area that is out of direct sunlight. I used my garage which still has the buffing pad fibers (like pet hair) floating in my garage, after 2 weeks. Once you get the pad broken in, it works great. The process is awesome, but takes some time to master. I would recommend a waxing pad (polishing) for the final step instead of using the high performance cloth, it'll save your shoulder. Also the kit doesn't come with a buffing pad spur, which unclogs and fluffs the pad. When I first began I used the 3m finishing compound, then the finesse it II and finally the wax. After a few sections I didn't notice much difference from the compound to the finesse it so I removed the finesse it from the process which work great and reduced a step. If you have any questions call Jamestown dist. [...].Next time I'll upload some photos.

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    excellent package

                                    By Henry Hudson

                                    from Croton-on Hudson

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                                    Pros

                                    • Smart selection

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Spring clean up

                                      Comments about TotalBoat Boat Polishing Kit:

                                      JD's pre-selection of products is very helpful. The instructions were clear, although we had some question about the polishing stage. In the end, we used the Hi Perf Cleaning Cloth to apply and remove! That product is the secret weapon. One note: we cleaned the boat before starting the project. Water trapped in the rubrail tended to shake out when applying the grinder in the area, which made a minor mess. Otherwise piece of cake!

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