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Old 02-14-2010, 10:07 PM   #1
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buffing exterior

Hi: New to board,so hope this isin right area. We are going to look at a class a Dolphin this week. After looking at quite a few this seems to be just right for us. Except for one thing, on the phone the owner confirmed the condition with one problem ,he said the exterior is sun faded, probably sat in AZor Calif. 1997 with only 15000 miles. Can the exterior be buffed with any sucess? Hate to let it go because of this. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks Patrick

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Get a 7" buffer (I got mine at Harbour Freight), go to an automotive paint store and buy some 3M #5973 rubbing compound. This is what I used on mine after I removed the vinyl graphics. It will bring back the gloss. It won't do anything for the graphics, once they are faded and cracked they are done.

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Old 02-15-2010, 02:57 AM   #3
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Meguiar's makes an excellent Fiberglass Restoration System that I used on our fiberglass roof. I found the kit at a boat dealer around Foley, AL, but you can also order it online. The kit has an oxidation remover, a polish to bring up the gloss and a wax to preserve the newly-restored finish. The oxidation remover was so efficient I barely needed to use the polish, but if you need to polish, the buffer mentioned above would be good to use.
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is it painted or gel coat do not usw rubbing compound on Gel coat it will shine but quickly go back to dull and the petroleum in compound will break the seal down on Gel Coat
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The number of 3M rubbing compound I used is what is recommended for fiberglass surfaces by professionals. There are many types of rubbing compounds.

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