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Old 06-30-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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I have a bunch of scattered pics, I have to get them in some kind of order to really show a before and after...


Here's parts of the before..












and after....





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This was done with all Marine31 products, Lake Country CCS Smart Pads, and a Dewalt 849 Polisher
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Hey Tim,

From the pictures, it looks really good. The oxidation in the before pictures looks pretty bad too...

How did the CCS pads work for the first step removing the oxidation?



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CCS pads worked great! Used the orange pads with the heavy-cut oxidation cleaner, white pads with the gel coat gloss & color restorer and final step polish, then applied wax with the blue pads. The results far exceeded my expectations, the hardest part was holding on to my dewalt polisher with those big 7.5" pads.
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CCS pads worked great! Used the orange pads with the heavy-cut oxidation cleaner, white pads with the gel coat gloss & color restorer and final step polish, then applied wax with the blue pads. The results far exceeded my expectations, the hardest part was holding on to my DeWALT polisher with those big 7.5" pads.

Sounds good...

You're right about holding a rotary buffer with large pads... back in the old days about the only pads available were 10", 11" and 12" wool buffing pads and this would give you a really good work out.


I've always tried to exercise with swimming and weight training and also recommend to others the same thing especially if they're going to detail boats or cars as running a rotary buffer all day requires strong legs, back muscles and upper body strength.

In my detailing classes I tend to show the Flex PE14 with 6" and 7" pads as I know this combination is about as easy as it can get to learn to use a rotary buffer.


Now that all the hard work is done... maintaining will be a lot easier and a lot faster...


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I also used the smaller 2.5" backing plate with 4" CCS pads to get those hard to reach areas around the ladder, snaps around the cockpit, edges, etc. The 3" extension gives you better visibility when working in those areas as well, really helps preventing you from tearing up your pads.
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I also used the smaller 2.5" backing plate with 4" CCS pads to get those hard to reach areas around the ladder, snaps around the cockpit, edges, etc. The 3" extension gives you better visibility when working in those areas as well, really helps preventing you from tearing up your pads.

That's right...

You're talking to the biggest fan of using an adapter to do surgical buffing...





It's hard to see, but Andre is using an extension as he buffs on the back of this extreme makeover we did...


Pictures: 2000 Baja 232 Boss High Performance Extreme Makeover


Here's Andre using a 4" wool cutting pad for the thin panels...







For anyone reading this thread into the future, you can get these extensions here. A must-have tool in my opinion if you own a rotary buffer...


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