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3M Marine Finesse-It II Finishing Material (also called Glaze) is used to remove micro-fine sanding scratches or compound swirl marks from topside paints. It also removes light to medium gelcoat oxidation. Finesee it II leaves behind a glazed finish. Follow up with a polish for a deep gloss appearance. It works well on UV faded or otherwise neglected gelcoat.
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16 oz., 32 oz. and gallon sizes are available.
Finesse-it II contains no wax or silicone and is an excellent pre-wax application. Like all of the other polishing compounds by 3M, this product is designed for boats but can be used on cars, trucks and RVs as well.
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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?
Sorry, I don't know.
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
Is this appropriate for a black plexiglass center console door?.....it has turned white or hazy in places.
Try 3m imperial compound you can use 2000 grit wet sandpaper first
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
can this be used on high end wood furniture?
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.
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.
Does this work on Rv's for oxidation?
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.
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.
Yes, it should.It worked great on boat oxidation.
Thank you Joseph.....would Imperial work on taking out water marks on decalsun the RV....Nelson
Can you use this on varnished hulls and decks?And if so,how would you apply it ??
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 MillerSt. Louis
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.
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.
best on fiberglass and plastic but will work on a varnished surface
How much do I need for 20' sailboat?
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.DaveSea Ya
DAVID MILLER C/O SHADY GROVE HARBOR
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.
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.
when I apply it it cakes up. How do I stop that from happening?
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.
Use a damp pad to apply. work in small 2'x2' areas.use low speed buffer. High speed makes to much heat.
I did not have that problem. Maybe you were in the sun or it was to hot.
ROBERT KLEIS, JR.
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.
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.
Used to clear haze off old car headlights - works like a charm. Also great for restoring gloss to gelcoat on my boat. Well worth the money...
Received & well packaged- lid taped too!
Can't wait to try this product after the many reviews I had read across the internet before purchasing!
I bought a six year old boat in 2006 that had obviously had almost never been waxed and this product restored the luster and shine of a brand new boat. Follow up with a polish and you will have a very glossy finish. You must use wool buffing pad with an electric speed controlled buffer. It's hard work work but worth the results.
Eastern Shore, Maryland
Great stuff whn cleaner and wax aren't
When the UV's have gotten to your gel coat. Or years of neglect have faded the surface, this product is just what you need before cleaner and wax. Easy to use with an electric polisher and lambs wool pad or lots of elbow grease it's worth every penny.