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Old 07-10-2019, 07:38 PM   #1
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02 Dolphin Oxidation

Hi All!

My 02 Dolphin is oxidized and needs some help to get the shine back. I considered repainting but getting estimates of 10K to 13K. Not in my budget. I was told that buffing and waxing would only last a month or two as long as it is kept out in the elements.

Does anyone have experience with buffing and waxing? Any recommendations on where to go in the Phoenix area?

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We're not in AZ, but we had a guy buff and wax our SeaBreeze LX, and it made it look almost brand new. It's been 7 months and it still looks good, but it won't be long before we need to do it again. So for us, it lasted at least 6 months. BTW - he charged $10 per foot, and he seems to be about 2-3 weeks out, so he stays busy around here.

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Old 07-11-2019, 08:15 AM   #3
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I buffed and waxed mine and every year for four years I waxed it with a good cleaner wax but I do believe next spring I will buff and wax it again.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the responses! I am going to go forward with a buff and wax. I am hoping I get the same results as you both have had.
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Old 07-12-2019, 02:43 PM   #5
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Meguiar's #49 Marine/RV Heavy Duty Oxidation Remover worked better than any other oxidation removers I had tried on the 2005 Dolphin we once owned.


https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Mari.../dp/B0000AY4YX
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Old 07-15-2019, 07:17 AM   #6
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I did my 03 Dolphin in 2017. I used Meguiar's and followed up with Turtle wax ICE and got real good results. It need to wash and wax again now but it still looks pretty good. I bought a Porter cable polisher and some Velcro stick on foam pads to do mine with. It hadn't been done for several years, as the guy I bought it from just quit doing anything to it after his wife passed. My buddy bought his buffer from Harbor Freight and his works as good as my Porter at about 1/3 the price. I use the Harbor Freight foam pads and they work very well. I used the machine to put the wax on too and used micro fiber towels bought at Harbor Freight to remove the wax. I also used Super clean mixed pretty stout to begin with and rinse real good, it will help take the oxidation off a bit.
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Old 07-27-2019, 11:50 AM   #7
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Six years ago I started hand sanding with 2000 grit wet/dry paper. I then machine buffed with a 3M product, then machine applied a quality wax (McGuires). Then hand and machine buffed. That half of my my still looks great as I have only washed it since. I park it out in my yard in partial sun. Now if I could get the energy to do the other side!
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I use this product from Home Depot. Just clean the gelcoat with some soft scrub type cleaner. Make sure it is well rinsed and dry after. Apply (very easy) about 4-5 coats. Looks amazing, give it an easy to apply touch up about every 6 months or so.

Have had no trouble with this finish since applied a year ago .
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:35 PM   #9
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No way would I put that crap on my coach. It's made for floors and that's where it belongs. You may be in for a lot of work when you decide to remove that stuff. Takes a lot of work keeping an older coach looking good.
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Well I wanted to post an update regarding my original post. I used the Meguiar's restoration kit. My Dolphin looks fantastic. The deoxidation was a huge success. I am hoping that it lasts at least a year. Thank you for all your input. It was a great help.
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Totally disagree with Charlie 5320. The acrylic acts as a sealer and protects the gelcoat. Never had any problem with it. Is tough and easy to clean. A clean deoxidized surface is the key.

I went the compounding buffing route, this is much better.

https://myquantumdiscovery.com/new-l...t-really-works
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FLRosebud, Looks like you're in Melbourne, we're in Titusville. Who did your RV?
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3m marine high gloss marine compound. You can find it on Amazon. That is the easiest and fastest way to polish oxidized gelcoat. Use a buffer and a wool pad. It makes it a one step process that is quick and easy. It is not a wax so you will have to wax afterwards. It is for gelcoat so I would not try it on paint.
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FLRosebud, Looks like you're in Melbourne, we're in Titusville. Who did your RV?
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A guy named "Stormy". My wife has his info. I'm out of town but will get his info for you. He did a great job.

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