Put a Shine on Your Hull

Using Shurhold’s Buff Magic on a boat is simple, once an owner knows how to do it. Proper compounding is explained below and users can also watch a video detailing the process at the link, http://shurhold.com/article/clean-n-simple/what-is-the-proper-way-to-compound-with-buff-magic-and-a-dual-action-polisher/. Before beginning, owners should have Buff Magic, Shurhold’s Dual Action Polisher, pad fluffing brush, chip brush and microfiber towels.

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Owners should start by setting up their polisher with a clean wool Buff Magic Pad. These wool pads are more aggressive and work in connection with the Buff Magic compound very well. Regardless if the pad is brand new or used and cleaned, it should be fluffed and any extra fuzz should be knocked out with the pad fluffing brush.
The working area should be marked off into small 2′ squares. Owners will work on one square at a time, moving on as each area is finished.

Using the chip brush, owners will want to apply a series of Xs to the surface. Product should not be applied to the pad as this will cause premature overloading and clumping of the pad. Once the product is on the surface, the pad can be placed face down on the surface and the machine can be turned on. Owners should start at about speed 2. By starting with the pad on the surface before turning it on or off, product slinging and messiness is reduced.

As soon as the machine is on, it should be kept moving using an overlapping pattern. Users shouldn’t apply a lot of pressure on a horizontal surface, since the weight of the machine is enough. On a vertical surface, users can apply light pressure.

Once owners have gone over the area completely in one direction, they should then go back over it in the opposite direction. This should be done 2-3 times. Going into the last pass of the pattern, owners can speed up the tool to a speed of 4 or 5.

Then, owners should use a microfiber towel to remove all the haze and excess material. If the surface is showroom shiny, owners can move onto the next area. If not, owners should repeat the process 2-3 times.

When moving to the next area, it’s helpful to overlap the last area by 6″ to ensure all spots are covered. Also, it’s good to make a habit of fluffing the pad between each area. This will help keep the pad from getting too matted down and stopping working.

Removing oxidation and bringing out a showroom shine enhances the beauty and value of a boat. However, once the buffing is completed, it’s important to apply a protective coating on the surface to prevent premature oxidation in the future. With a little time and patience any owner can detail like the pros.

Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

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