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Not what I was hoping for polishing 06 Mar 2019 00:42 #93822

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I have never seen or heard of a 1959 Vagabond II. I'm sure they are out there but yours is the first one I have heard about.

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 22:25 #93811

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I would be interested in see your floors and how you did them once they are done. I have been thinking on how to make some for mine. The previous owner made some, but they are thin and the back one broke. I never cared for them since I got it. It is a Vagabond II 1959

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 17:41 #93805

Forgot to say yes I did use multiple applications of oven cleaner - ended up with "foggy" patches as metioned, thats where it looks the dullest and where the worst sanding swirls are after me grinding away. Thanks again to all who took the time to answer. By the way, the unanodized transom looks pretty good.....

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 15:55 #93795

If I had it to do over I would have probably had the formerly anodized sections painted, but I craved a polished boat like I’ve seen on this site. I’ve been working with a Milwaukee 3” sander polisher l bought because the auto body supply store guy used one to demonstrate and it worked well and got the edges unlike my 6” Mikita. At this point I’m going to finish the last half of the other side and enjoy the boat. My builder friend and I will be cutting and fitting Mahogany pieces(transom,dash,floor) in his wood shop, then I will begin tothe recently converted to short shaft motor install and steering etc. Looking forward to running the boat this year and probably will try the whole polishing wheel thing next winter. Thanks to all for the helpful comments , I always enjoy this site and the comeraderie of fellow Fcraft owners.....

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 15:14 #93794

Had the same issue with my polishing effort when I was experimenting away, I still have many brands of stuff left over from my trials. I would get the boat to look great in the shop but when pulled outside I was demoralized by the results in the daylight. One side I even sanded out to 1000 wet before using tripoli, then to Mothers mag polish but it still looked hazy outside. I, like Steve use Nuvite products but I also like Busches polish, they work differently so you just have to remember what steps and material works best to get where you want to be. During my experiments I found I did not need to sand past 400. I would then use Nuvite F7 with wool pads on a Cyclo polisher (a great investment) then Nuvite G6 with terry cloth, then Nuvite S with terry cloth. You also have to wipe the boat down with mineral spirits in between each step so you don’t contaminate the less aggressive polish that your working to. Getting to know the product and what to use it with is the gold at the end of the day. I would think by your photo Nuvite G6 with wool on the pad is where I would start, possibly G6 with cloth instead of the wool, then Nuvite S with terry cloth. Either way a Cyclo is the way to go. It will do it all and outlive us all. It is so well made if I were to do it over I would buy a good used one instead of new. www.feathercraft.net/forum/8-restoration...3-55?start=190#36320
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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 15:07 #93792

Glad you didn't crash!

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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 14:22 #93789

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One of the things to remember with polishing is that you want to keep all the scratches running in the same direction. that is what keeps the light reflecting in the same direction so that it looks smooth and shinny. Yes polishing is all about getting the scratches smaller and smaller, uniform and running in the same direction. That is why sgowers recommendation of the high speed buffing wheel is a great idea. Also when stopping, be sure to pick it up off your work before turning it off.
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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 13:33 #93786

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What type of polish are you using? I used Nuvite on mine, first I go over the boat with Grade G6 then I fin ish it off with grade S. Also what kind of polisher are you using? Orbital Buffers that most people use to polish their cars do not really do the trick. I use a high speed buffing wheel with the G6 and then I switch to the dual head buffer with the grade S.
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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 02:35 #93774

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It appears to me that the anodizing isn't completely removed. When I stripped mine, the color would go before all the anodizing was gone, leaving foggy patches just lime yours. Did you use Easy Off oven cleaner to strip the anodizing!
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Not what I was hoping for polishing 05 Mar 2019 01:08 #93767

Nice couple of posts TuPop and RickG. Tupop, that story sounds very true. If I ever buy another FC and its not anodized. I will simply scotch bright and go..
Ferrari13, it seams you want this boat to shine.. I can't help you to much but I think Rick G might be on to something. If you are not happy now you probably won't be happy later...good luck have fun!
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