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stanza387 04-18-2016 07:22 PM

Thermoformed Polyethylene canoe bottom
 
Hey guys,

So this is my first post on this forum and let me start by saying hello to everyone. So i got a friend of mine who has a newer canoe and he wants the bottom buffed out. He said theres not any BAD scratches in the hull and its in fairly good condition with very minor surface scratches/defects. My question is has anyone ever worked on a Thermoformed Polyethylene hull? is this any different then a fiberglass hull? if so how much different and what products should i look into? or is this something that should not even be attempted? thanks guys!

Mike Phillips 04-22-2016 04:52 PM

Re: Thermoformed Polyethylene canoe bottom
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by stanza387 (Post 1358)
Hey guys,

So this is my first post on this forum and let me start by saying hello to everyone. So i got a friend of mine who has a newer canoe and he wants the bottom buffed out. He said theres not any BAD scratches in the hull and its in fairly good condition with very minor surface scratches/defects.

My question is has anyone ever worked on a Thermoformed Polyethylene hull? is this any different then a fiberglass hull? if so how much different and what products should i look into? or is this something that should not even be attempted? thanks guys!

I believe I've worked on similar materials and if I remember correctly they will shine up with buffing but don't use compounds. Stick with a quality one-step cleaner/wax and a foam pad on a dual action polisher or rotary buffer.

Also test first and see what happens before buffing out the entire thing.


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