FAQ: Can I Use Regular Buffing Compound On My Boat?

Can you use auto compound on a boat?

Rubbing compounds for autos are usually designed for paint. Assuming you have a fiberglass/gelcoat boat, you want to use rubbing compounds for fiberglass which has a much different abrasion material and will be more effective.

Can you use regular compound on gelcoat?

When you “rub” in a rubbing compound (or polish it in with a machine), it slowly removes all of that nasty gelcoat oxidation from the surface. Do it long enough and you polish in a dull shine. 3M’s Super Duty Rubbing Compound is the stuff to get if your gelcoat is heavily oxidized.

Can you use meguiars compound on a boat?

Meguiar’s M54 Gel Wash is a great product to effectively remove loose surface contaminants without stripping wax protection. With biodegradable* detergents, it’s safe for both your boat and the marine life!

Can I use Turtle Wax rubbing compound on fiberglass?

Many Turtle Wax products-often designed for auto maintenance-can also be used successfully on fiberglass boats. That, sadly, is not the case with the Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound. The brown-colored paste stained the porous, white gelcoat on our test boats boot stripe. The thick paste went on hard and dried quickly.

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How often should I wax my boat?

Every make and model of boat is different, and the gelcoats were applied differently in the factory! However, it is our recommendation to apply a high quality wax/sealant every 3-4 months, and wash down your boat with a soap that is compatible with your wax once per month!

Should you wax the bottom of your boat?

Yes, it is OK. It’s most important to wax the sides and deck to protect them from hazing, color fading and chalking from the sun. Some people think waxing the bottom makes it go faster, but experienced performance boaters know a waxed bottom makes surface tension greater and increases drag.

Can faded gelcoat be restored?

When the gelcoat on your boat has faded, it can make your boat look dull, tired and lacklustre and can certainly make you lose your enthusiasm for its appearance. However, restoring your gelcoat is one of the easiest boat tasks that you can undertake and is easy to do yourself.

Can I use Meguiars Ultimate Compound on gelcoat?

While you can use automotive products like Ultimate Compound on oxidized gel coat, they usually aren’t quite strong enough to really do the job. If you really need to get through the oxidation we’d suggest using either our M44 Oxidation Remover or M67 One Step Compound.

Can you use Meguiars Ultimate Compound on headlights?

Rather than break my back with all that scrubbing and sanding, I have found that a thin ribbon of the Ultimate Compound either hand applied, or buffed at a low speed, can clear away pretty much any rather harsh oxidation and yellowing from the clear plastic on your headlights.

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Does Meguiars Ultimate Compound remove swirls?

Our ‘go to’ product for swirl removal is Ultimate Compound, this will safely remove swirls and imperfections. This can be applied by hand or with the MT320 Dual Action Machine Polisher and a cutting pad (DFC5).

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