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by shibbs » 17 May 2020, 19:51

Went down to check her over this afternoon and she is in desperate need of a really good polish. I normally do it by hand before she goes in for the season but am wondering if I need to bite the bullet and get the professionals in.
Can anyone advise what sort of price I’d be looking at?
25 ft, topside only ( she’s anti fouled under)
Also, any recommendations of who, Portsmouth / Southampton ( hopefully for not much longer though) area.

Or, is it easy enough with an electric buffer to bring it back?
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by ChrisH » 17 May 2020, 19:55

Stu have done my old bowrider myself before, but last year used a local, felt like a big job. Was 350 for mine. Clean, polish, wax, all bright work, canopy and cockpit.

Was happy with them and would use again, but had another recommendation , new to the area, and he is quoting me tomorrow

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by ChrisH » 17 May 2020, 19:56

Electric buffer is quite easy to use.

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by Ianfs » 18 May 2020, 20:52

Hi Shibbs

For me if its topsides and hull sides from anti foul to gunwales I would get a buffer and do it yourself. I like Meguiars polishes and cutting compounds but I'm sure there are many others just as good.
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by ChrisH » 18 May 2020, 21:08

Ianfs wrote:Hi Shibbs

For me if its topsides and hull sides from anti foul to gunwales I would get a buffer and do it yourself. I like Meguiars polishes and cutting compounds but I'm sure there are many others just as good.
+1 for meguiars

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by shibbs » 19 May 2020, 20:22

Thanks for the replies. I think your right, think I was just being a bit lazy, more the fact that I don’t have the boat I think.
I think I will just put a day aside when ( if ) she ever comes back and get to it.
Think I will need to watch some videos or do some research on how to do it with a buffer though as I’ve no idea what goes on when and for how long.
Very hard work by hand! :roll:
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by Ianfs » 20 May 2020, 11:57

There are loads of Vids for this sort of thing as I'm sure you already know but I like this one from Nick Burnham. They only do a small section at a time but it is fairly in depth.

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by shibbs » 23 May 2020, 18:43

Well I got on and did it, but the bullet and got myself an electric buffer and spent the day yesterday cutting back and shining up. Really please with the result.
I think I will make a point of another coat when I get the time but it’s really transformed it. Really pleased,
Unfortunately the pictures don’t do it justice I don’t think, because of the colour I’m imagining, but see what you think.

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Next job, I’d really like to get my Draco decals and stripes replaced but have no idea where would still do them. Imagine to get some made won’t be cheap..


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by shibbs » 23 May 2020, 18:44

Well I got on and did it, but the bullet and got myself an electric buffer and spent the day yesterday cutting back and shining up. Really please with the result.
I think I will make a point of another coat when I get the time but it’s really transformed it. Really pleased,
Unfortunately the pictures don’t do it justice I don’t think, because of the colour I’m imagining, but see what you think.

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Next job, I’d really like to get my Draco decals and stripes replaced but have no idea where would still do them. Imagine to get some made won’t be cheap..


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by ChrisH » 23 May 2020, 22:07

Nice job stu. Looks great.
Gave mine a good clean today. Was filthy, but no polish yet

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