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Every spring we get tons of calls about buffing supplies and equipment -- naturally, everyone wants to know what we recommend. This complete polishing kit has everything you need to polish a 20+ foot boat to a dazzling shine, and it's a great deal! The items in either of this kit would easily retail at well over $200, if purchased separately.
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.
Boat Polishing Kit Includes:
June 8, 2021
My boat was really badly oxidized and had a vey chalky appearance. I didnt know what to do but I thought I would take a chance on the Total Boat Polishing Kit. Everything that I needed was included. The rubbing compound was a little runny but just take a small sponge and apply it to the boats surface about 2-3 feet at a time and work it with the wool buffing pad on #4-5 until it is dried and shiny. Wear a mask when you do the work and dont work in the sunlight. The buffing pad sheds a lot of wool. I didnt even use the polishing compound and just went straight to the wax and after two coats the transformation was complete. It is a lot of work and takes some time but well worth it. Photo below shows the difference between area where I used the rubbing compound and where it was not used yet. I actually had to go over this area twice because the oxidization was so bad.
April 14, 2021
I was really happy with how my 20' catamaran came out. It was very neglected and had really heavy oxidation. I wet sanded 220 (yes 220) then 400,600,1000, then TotalBuff, TotalShine, Wax. The TotalShine took MANY attempts, at least 4 or 5 passed. Almost requires an intermediate compound between the buff and shine. The included orbital was not great. It could not handle any pressure applied and the foam attachment shredded to pieces halfway through polishing my 20' boat.
December 30, 2019
The product worked really well.
March 16, 2018
If the weather ever cooperates, I might get to use the polishing kit.
April 29, 2016
JD should offer a custom package pricing on the items you want vs pushing their brand
April 27, 2016
i successfully buffed and waxed my severely oxidised fiberglass boat. The buffer tool however seems to be of poor quality. The variable speed adjustment does not work properly.
September 28, 2015
My boat was in fairly good shaped with some oxidation on one side. The process removed the oxidation layer and put down a mirror glaze in the gelcoat. My 1976 Baja is showroom ready! Two days of work, and it was not an easy task, but the results were worth it. The wax is tough enough to prevent more UV damage.
April 15, 2014
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 $800.00 that was quoted by a professional!!
July 30, 2012
My 1978 Glastron 17' runabout looks like new. We have received glowing comments about its appearance. Never been so proud of the boat. Have already recommended the polishing kit to other boat owners.
February 21, 2012
The Basic kit would be a better value if it included one bottle of the Finesse II Finish Polish, which is needed to finish the job. The Pro Kit has one bottle of Finesse included; throw in another bottle of Finesse II and keep the gloves, goggles and respirator. The results are extraordinary! My hull has the original 1995 gel-coat, has never been refinished, has been exposed to the elements continuously since she was launched, and the Imperial Compound with the Finesse II IS THE TRICK to getting her looking new again!! The angle polisher, Buffalo Tools item BUF-PS07401, worked very well, the variable speed adjustment is a nice feature, except after 2 hours of polishing, the switch jammed in the run position, and I had to pull the switch out to get it to stop. A bit of silicone lube fixed that problem. For a [$] polisher, still a better deal than a $165.00 dollar DeWalt polisher.
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