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.
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.
WHAT SPEEDS ARE AVAILABLE WITH THIS BUFFER?
Variable Speed 1000-3300 RPM for Sander and Polisher
JD Tech Team
In the Basic Boat Polishing kit, are sanding discs included, are they 5"?
Here is what comes in the Basic Polishing kit: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 ClothI don't see sanding discs listed.
JD Tech Team
HiBought the total boat kit last week. I have decals to apply to the hull, should I apply after compounding and before waxing or after waxing? Thanks.Mike RudmanPlymouth, MA
After compounding and before waxing.
I don't think it matters other than "after waxing" affords a little more protection for the hull. Mine were put on after waxing and I wet the adhesive to make it easier to position them. No problems after 3 years later.
I would do it after compounding, but before waxing. I think you will get a better surface for them to adhere to that way. Actually I did do it that way, over a year ago and the decals are doing fine.
In one of your videos a reference is made for using a wool pad on the buffer. Does Basic Boat Polishing Kit provide the "wool" pad as needed or must I buy that separate?
It absolutely does, great buy
are you kidding me ? this company ask me to answer a ? about their product? Cant James town look in the box and answer this ???
The superbuff pas is the wool pad and is included
How come I was assuming I'd receive 3M compound and wax products with the Basic Polishing Kit I just received? What I received are products by TotalBoat. Was I looking at possibly and old add etc., and also my research with 3M directly I felt indicated that this kit offered by Jamestown included the 3M wax and compound. I guess I am disappointed after thinking I'd done my research, to not have received 3M product.
I would agree with youI received 3M productsHowever , depending on your topside PaintAwgrip or Perfectiion Plus done of 3M products are not necessarily compatible
Must be a recent change. When I bought mine a couple of years ago it included 3M products.
I bought my kit back in 2012. I got 3m product with mine. I bought extra actually then sold the boat so don't use it anymore. I should sell the whole works...dalmerjd at gmail dot com
I have a 36 foot sailboat, will this kit do the job or will I need additional product?
It depends somewhat on how much of the boat needs polishing. There was enough to do the topsides of our 30 sailboat twice but our bottom has anti-foul paint and we didn't do the deck because its mostly wood. I will say, the kit enabled us to easily give the topsides a nice, long lasting finish. I hope you find this information useful.
It will do nicely. Professional grade stuff.
Do you use the same pad for all the different products?
Personally I did not this time, but I have before. I get better results by using one pad to apply the compound then use another one to take it off. The terry cloth ones seem to work better to put it on with. The pads seem to get a build up which generates more heat. Hope this helps! Products are awesome!!
I only used the thick foam pad for compounding the top sides. I have another buffer with felt pad to polish the wax applied.
The large, thick wool pad is fine for use on the course and the medium product - I think they're called Imperial compound (course) and Finesse Glaze (medium). Just flip sides when changing products. Wax is best applied with a hand pad or cloth, the buffed with a terry cloth or finer wool pad. I did a 30' sailboat with two (really 11/2) bottles of Imperial and one of Finesse. Topsides were pretty oxidized; looks great now. Hard work, but worth the effort. Good luck!
Will this polishing system work on deoxidizing the nonslip portions of the deck or is it just intended for the smooth gelcoat of the topsides and deck?
smooth gelcoat only, but there it works great.
Sorry my bass boat doesn't have any non slip areas.
What's the "great deal" with the JD-Polishing Kit? You would think you could save money by buying all the pieces in kit form!
Retail price on all items individually is about $270. You save $30 by buying it all in our kit.
Polisher worked well, the rubbing compound was watery
JD should offer a custom package pricing on the items you want vs pushing their brand
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.
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.
berrien springs, MI
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 $800.00 that was quoted by a professional!!
Why did I wait so long!
My 1978 Glastron 17' runabout looks like new. We have received glowing comments about its appearance. Never been so proud of the boat. Have already recommended the polishing kit to other boat owners.
Oklahoma City, OK
Basic Boat Polishing Kit -
The Basic kit would be a better value if it included one bottle of the Finesse II Finish Polish, which is needed to finish the job. The Pro Kit has one bottle of Finesse included; throw in another bottle of Finesse II and keep the gloves, goggles and respirator. The results are extraordinary! My hull has the original 1995 gel-coat, has never been refinished, has been exposed to the elements continuously since she was launched, and the Imperial Compound with the Finesse II IS THE TRICK to getting her looking new again!! The angle polisher, Buffalo Tools item BUF-PS07401, worked very well, the variable speed adjustment is a nice feature, except after 2 hours of polishing, the switch jammed in the run position, and I had to pull the switch out to get it to stop. A bit of silicone lube fixed that problem. For a [$] polisher, still a better deal than a $165.00 dollar DeWalt polisher.
Panama City Beach, Florida
Good Kit, Good Material
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.
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.
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.
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.