JD Boat Polishing Kit
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Boat Polishing Kit

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

  • BUF-PS07401 Variable Speed Angle Polisher
  • 3M-06044 Imperial Compound
  • TB-PASTEWAX Premium Marine Paste Wax
  • 3M-05705 Superbuff Double Sided Polishing Pad
  • 3M-05710 Superbuff Mandrel Adapter
  • NOT-06038 High Performance Cleaning Cloth

Pro Polishing Kit includes additional

  • 3M-09048 Finesse It II Finishing Material
  • BOS-8420 Atlas Fits gloves
  • 3M-8511 Particulate Respirator (1 each)
  • 3M-62038 Virtua V4 Protective Eyewear

 

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 Imperial Compound 3M-06044. 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 the Compounding with a Finishing Material boat polish in order to get a glossy, bright finish. We recommend Finesse-It II 3M-09048. 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 Superbuff Pad 3M-05705 for boat compound and polish applications. You can use both sides of it--one for compounding and one for finishing, if you like. It requires the 3M-05710 Mandrel Adapter.

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 pretty ineffective.

The 3M High Performance Cloth (3M-67408) is textured in a way that somehow doesn't absorb the wax so that it brings out a great finish. Once you use one, you'll never go back.

BRAND: Jamestown Distributors
Type: Cleaning Kit
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      5.0

      Must Buy!!

      By Centurion

      from Enterprise Alabama

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            Comments about Jamestown Distributors 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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            5.0

            Why did I wait so long!

            By RJ

            from Oklahoma City, OK

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            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • GREAT SHINE

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                Comments about Jamestown Distributors 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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                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 Jamestown Distributors 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 Jamestown Distributors 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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                      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 Jamestown Distributors 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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                      4.0

                      Good Product

                      By Bob

                      from Baltimore, MD

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                            Comments about Jamestown Distributors 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 Jamestown Distributors 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 Jamestown Distributors 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 Jamestown Distributors 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

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                                          • Spring clean up

                                          Comments about Jamestown Distributors 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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