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Forum: Pictures and Comments from Boat Detailing Projects 04-30-2018, 09:49 AM
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Views: 1,423
Posted By Mike Phillips
Pictures: 2018 Boat Detailing Class at Autogeek

Pictures: 2018 Boat Detailing Class at Autogeek


I shared the full write-up with over 200 pictures on AutogeekOnline.net, where I usually post, here's the link.

Pictures: 2018 Boat...
Forum: Pictures and Comments from Boat Detailing Projects 03-23-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 34,227
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: How to wetsand, cut and buff a gel-coat boat

Thanks...

I machine polish everything...

. :fisherman:
Forum: Introduction Forum 01-31-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,427
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Pontoons to a Mirror Finish

You can, but you'll need some type of cleaner/soap to help cut through the oily film on the surface as water pressure alone may not cut it.

I don't - I just use a lot of low-end utility...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 01-31-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,682
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Aluminum Pontoon Boat - Before & After

When it comes to the pads - the only fix I know of is to switch to clean dry pads, this means having plenty to draw from.

Sorry... I just don't know of a way to clean an "aluminum dirty pad"...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 01-31-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,347
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Substitute pad cleaner while I'm waiting for my marine31 order

Wow!

You posted this in May of 2017 - that's about 8 months ago....

Sorry I never read or replied to this question....

I've never been one to be known as slack in replying but work...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 01-31-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,701
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Hazing effect after Finesse it ll

YES!

I DEFINITELY SEE A DIFFERENCE WHEN USING A 21MM LONG THROW POLISHER TO DO THE FINISHING STEP.

I use the RUPES BigFoot 21 with their blue aggressive foam cutting pad and their Diamond...
Forum: Metal Polishing 01-31-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,819
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Boat railing pad size?

When you say flybridge railing, do you mean railing that has a chrome surface or something else?


:)
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 01-31-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,376
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: What to use for 2nd year?

Sorry for the delay, been a tick busy and mostly posting to AGO


:)
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 01-31-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,295
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Product suggestions and coverage

I can only answer for myself and I do apologize but I was a tick busy the last few months.


:(
Forum: Boat Detailing 101 08-29-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,773
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Removing Captain's Boat Coating

For the most part "yes".

If the boat is gel-coat, because gel-coat is more porous than marine specialty paints it will be easier to remove a coating of gel-coat than off paint.

Just wash...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 08-29-2017, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,864
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Help selecting a buffer

Depends on how you use the boat.

IF the boat is never used and stored inside a boat barn then you won't have to apply it very often.

If the boat is on the water 7 days a week and 24 hours...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 08-29-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,864
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Help selecting a buffer

And this is why I featured it on the most valuable portion of any how-to book and that's on the front cover.




And anyone that's read my book knows I strongly recommend this compound...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 05-01-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,147
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Best way to clean instrument panel

No problemo...

I would also be sure to inspect your microfiber towels or ANY cloth you use to wipe plastic.

Plastic scratches easy and it's often times very time consuming and difficult...
Forum: Introduction Forum 05-01-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,427
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Hello from Michigan and Which Wool Pads

Most any wool pad will work the aluminum up to a mirror shine.

The problem is if you try to finish with only a rotary buffer and a wool pad you're going to have holograms in the aluminum.

These...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 05-01-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,701
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Hazing effect after Finesse it ll

For the little haze I see in the pictures with the intense light and knowing gel-coats and how they polish, I would recommend,

1: Seal the gel-coat with your favorite wax or sealant and move...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 05-01-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,701
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Hazing effect after Finesse it ll

To get the above results here's the process


Step 1: Machine sanded starting with #2000 and finishing with #3000.

Step 2: Compound using Marine 31 Captains Compound with wool pad on...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 05-01-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,701
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Hazing effect after Finesse it ll

I teach a boat detailing class once a year here in Stuart, Florida.

I've detailed a lot of boats, wrote a book on detailing boats but I'm always learning.

Couple of things,


1: Gel-coat...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 05-01-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,701
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Hazing effect after Finesse it ll

First,

Welcome to Marine31Online! :welcome:


Second, here's your pictures...


http://i66.tinypic.com/35lyqlv.jpg
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 05-01-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,147
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Best way to clean instrument panel

Yes, something ultra safe.

We just showcased a product from the McKee's 37 line on the interior of a Newmar Londeon Aire Motorcoach and while not a boat we also didn't want to screw up anyting...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 04-26-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,864
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Help selecting a buffer

My guess is the yellow streaks are a tannin stain. If the cleaner/wax didn't remove them then you'll have to go with a compound.

Removing stains is just a matter of removing more gel-coat. ...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 04-26-2017, 06:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,864
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Help selecting a buffer

I did my best to unscramble all your Google drive code for your pictures, download them to my computer. Then resize them to 800 pixels wide.

Then upload them to your free gallery here on this...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 04-26-2017, 06:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,843
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Pad Recommendation for Flex XC 3401

The Mercedes-Benz of polishers. I use mine all the time, especially when time is short.





Removing the medium oxidation and the swirls left from compounding with a rotary buffer...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 02-28-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,864
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Help selecting a buffer

Well when it comes to this kind of work

More power is better


For anyone detailing neglected boats you really want to star with a rotary buffer and finish with an orbital if you don't...
Forum: Introduction Forum 02-03-2017, 01:23 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 5,600
Posted By Mike Phillips
All pending accounts have been approved and activated

All pending accounts have been approved and activated


Just to note, been travelling a lot and apologies for not getting all new real accounts approved and banning all the spammers waiting...
Forum: Ask Mike Phillips your Boat Detailing Questions 12-12-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,087
Posted By Mike Phillips
Re: Which Dual Action Polisher to Buy

Flex 3401

In the newspaper world, the most important part of the newspaper is the top half of the front page. That's where the breaking news headline goes because that's what most people will...
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