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3M Finesse-It II Finishing Material Customer Questions and Answers

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Is this appropriate for a black plexiglass center console door?.....it has turned white or hazy in places.

Asked on 04/15/2014 by Allen Henderson

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Try 3m imperial compound you can use 2000 grit wet sandpaper first

Answered on 04/30/2016 by RORY HAMMOND
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It will improve the appearance but you will need to go to a glaze to get the glass clear. And you will need to use an electric buffer to do it.

Answered on 04/15/2014 by GREG SMITH

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It may work depending on how deep into plastic the problem is. If not try auto headlight lens polish kit. You can also try 4000 grit, then 6000 grit wet sand paper on a firm rubber sanding block, then finish with 3m imperial compound with buffer.

Answered on 04/15/2014 by RORY HAMMOND

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Glaze?

Answered on 04/15/2014 by Allen Henderson

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I don't believe it will harm it, but any improvement would be temperary. If the plexi is 10 -15 years old I would look toward replacing it.

Answered on 04/16/2014 by DAVID IRWIN

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Yes, glaze is the finest level of polishing compound. 3M makes a hand glaze and a product for orbital polishers. I would just use finesse it 2 and see if you are happy with the results. Glaze would be the next step to get a glass-like finish. Cheaper to just replace glass, but often too hard to do.

Answered on 04/15/2014 by GREG SMITH

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Finesse It wilwith a soft dry cloth.l take out surface scratches and discolorations and leave a smooth glossy finish. There is no waxy build uo with the product. It works best with a power buffer and then wipe

Answered on 04/16/2014 by BRUCE BATES
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when I apply it it cakes up. How do I stop that from happening?

Asked on 09/21/2011 by Undisclosed

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I would suggest to work in smaller areas and work the material with a cloth until you have a smooth shinny surface.Then use a dry buff cloth to remove any additional material.

Answered on 09/22/2011 by JOHN HILDEBRANDT
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Use a damp pad to apply. work in small 2'x2' areas.use low speed buffer. High speed makes to much heat.

Answered on 09/22/2011 by PATRICK HELLING

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I did not have that problem. Maybe you were in the sun or it was to hot.

Answered on 09/23/2011 by ROBERT KLEIS, JR.

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I recommend watching the video that is on the Jamestown website. There you will see that the 3M material is applied to the lambs wool buffing bonnet. After awhile of buffing the material will start to cake on the lambs wool. The video suggests that you run a putty knife over the lambs wool while its spinning to clear off the excess (build - up). Also, and very very important, make sure that you clean off the surface chalk with the 3M cleaner BEFORE you use this product.....that information is also in the video.

Answered on 09/23/2011 by PATRICK MCCUTCHEON

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Finesse-it is amazing stuff. I use it on my 28' sailboat's black hull. Although it can be applied by hand, I find that it is much easier with a electric polisher. The trick seems to be keep working the 2' x 2' area until the material appears gone. Do not let it dry. immediately remove any remaining Finess-it with a clean dry cloth. Good luck.

Answered on 09/22/2011 by MICHAEL LATTA
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I purchased a bottle of super duty rubbing compound by 3m and a bottle of finess it ll polish from my local auto parts store and my question is can these items be used on gel coat or do I need the marine formula?

Asked on 05/13/2013 by Undisclosed

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I think the rubbing compound is too harsh for the ftp body, but the finesse II should be fine. As my 2008 View is still in decent shape I just use the 3M Liquid Marine Polish/Sealant yearly. Made originally for marine fiberglass, it offers great UV protection and birdcrap protection,too.

Answered on 05/30/2013 by RICHARD SIEGAL
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I'm not sure what you mean by "super duty rubbing compound" but I've been using 3M Imperial on dull and oxidized areas of my gelcoat followed up with Finesse It II for many years. Both were applied with an electric buffer. I follow up with a 3M wax. My boat is 24 years old and the hull looks better than new. Most years I only clean the hull with 3M Sharpshooter, buff it with the Finesse and wax it. Hope this helps.

Answered on 05/30/2013 by THEODORE WERCH

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3M rubbing compound would only be for an intermediate step in a gelcoat repair. I agree with Richard, above, the rubbing compound will go right through the gelcoat.3M polishing compound, then finessit. But neither of them have any wax in them. I would skip the FinessIt and go to the polish/sealer

Answered on 06/16/2013 by GREG SMITH

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Yes, they can be used on gelcoat, however since they are abrasive (particularly the rubbing compound) the gelcoat will be thinned (abraded away) a little bit with each use.

Answered on 05/30/2013 by MICHAEL KOWALESKI
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Does this work on Rv's for oxidation?

Asked on 02/22/2012 by (unknown) (

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It took out the black water marks on the side of the boat hull where the water drains off of the gunwales. It basically took off all of the stains. We then used the Finesse It to smooth out any swirl marks and then coated with wax. I did two boats that way last year, and neither required any touchups during the summer.

Answered on 02/24/2012 by JOSEPH GREENE
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Finesse It is the second in a 3 step process. It is designed to reduce swirl marks from using power buffers. I think that Imperial Compound would be a better bet for removing the oxidation.

Answered on 02/23/2012 by JOSEPH GREENE

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Yes, it should. It worked great on boat oxidation.

Answered on 02/22/2012 by MICHAEL KOWALESKI

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Thank you Joseph.....would Imperial work on taking out water marks on decalsun the RV....Nelson

Answered on 02/24/2012 by (unknown) (
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Can you use this on varnished hulls and decks? And if so,how would you apply it ??

Asked on 01/25/2012 by Undisclosed

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Finesse-It II finishing material could certianly be used on well cured varnish to remove minor blemishes such as scrub brush marks and light surface wear. It cannot remove deeper scrathes, since it is truly a finishing material, a polish, not a rubbing coupound. While it accomplishes the same smoothing as a wax, there are no UV protectants; you may wish wax the polisher surface for that reason. Bill Miller St. Louis

Answered on 01/25/2012 by WILLIAM MILLER
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Finesse It is for use on hard surfaces like gelcoat and possibly paint. I do not believe that it is the best product for varnish. Jamestown has many products for cleaning varnish - look for one of their recommendations. or your best bet is probably to sand and then reapply the varnish with as many coats as you have patience for.

Answered on 01/25/2012 by JOHN HEIZER

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Im not exactly sure about varnished wooden hulls. The stuff works wonders on fiber glass hulls and really can do a number on car paint to get scuffs and minute scratches out without removing the paint itself. Again not certain about varnish finishes. SOrry I couldnt be of more help.

Answered on 01/25/2012 by SCOTT KRELL

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best on fiberglass and plastic but will work on a varnished surface

Answered on 01/26/2012 by JOE BRADLEY
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How much do I need for 20' sailboat?

Asked on 11/06/2011 by Undisclosed

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For a 20' sail, you would only need the smaller bottle, not the big Qt size. Make sure your first buff is the Imperial 3M product, then follow with the Finesse It. Run the buffer at a slower speed with the Finess It, as it tends to streak and burn onto the surface if the buffer speed is too fast.. Also, I prefer the 3M foam pads for buffing with these products. They are far superior to the wool. I have converted many people over to them that now swear by them. White pad for the first buff, black for the finesse It and wax coat. They don't load up with compound and they bite a lot better. They also last a long time. Dave Sea Ya

Answered on 11/07/2011 by DAVID MILLER C/O SHADY GROVE HARBOR
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All depends on if your doing the hull, or just the topside. All sailboats are different. If your doing just the topside with minimal oxidation a small bottle will do. If your doing the whole boat you'll need close to a quart.

Answered on 11/08/2011 by ROB JOHNSON

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I have a 35' boat and the 1 quart bottle I buy lasts 5 or more years. I have a slow speed polisher and follow very closely the directions that say to use a quarter -sized blob on the polisher pad on a 2' x 3' area.

Answered on 11/07/2011 by MARK PRESTERO
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I plan to use this on a mototcycle paint finish that does NOT have a clearcoat. The current surface is waxed, does the wax need to be removed or any other prepprep?

Asked on 06/16/2014 by Undisclosed

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Sorry, I don't know.

Answered on 06/16/2014 by ART JUST
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I used this in conjunction with 3M heavy duty rubbing compound, which worked well together. For what you describe you should consider a one step cleaner/finish product instead of this

Answered on 06/16/2014 by FRANK PFOSI
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can this be used on high end wood furniture?

Asked on 08/07/2012 by terri wray

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Depends on what type of finish is on the furniture. If its lacquer it should be no problem. If its shellac the finish will probably dissolve. Most varnishes don't polish very well. So the only finish I'd feel comfortable polishing is a lacquer. By the way, that's how they polish guitars.

Answered on 08/13/2012 by DOMINIC PISTILLO
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It is an excellent gentle compound but I have no knowledge or experience. I would contact 3M they are good at supporting their products. Jamestown has alot of wood experience you might try calling one of their experts too.

Answered on 08/13/2012 by CRAIG LAMBIE
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