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  • Yuri says:

    Andy, much love from Canada. Thanks for doing awesome job on all the videos. I’m sure I speak for all the do it yourselfers like me, would be lost if it wasn’t for you.
    Thank brother!

  • Drew says:

    Dumb question…is what you have described and shown on your video appropriate for gel coat? Is what you are referring to as ‘painted surface’ the same as gel coat. Thanks!

    • ~Andy says:

      Hi Drew!

      No such thing as a ‘dumb question’ 🙂 There are generally two different types of finish that are used on boats. Gelcoat or paint. They are both very different, but serve the same purpose; to provide a nice, smooth, glossy finish. Each has it’s own advantages and dis-advantages.

      The sealant I used in this video can be used on both paint and gelcoat, however it really only works well on gelcoat that is in good condition. Older, oxidized gelcoat actually benefits more from a traditional wax or wax / sealant hybrid..

      Hope this helps!

  • Mark V says:

    Just had a brief question for you at your leisure. I respect your info regarding your time and answering emails.
    I’ve watched several of your YouTube vids and they’ve been quite useful filling in the blanks for me. I’m working on an MFG Edinboro from the sixties. I have the windshield mount portion of the deck cut out with a sawzall with he intent on raising the windshield ~10″ to clear my vision when seated. I may or may not go further and incorporate a hardtop when I button this up. Waiting for warm enough days to use resin. Planning to use polyurethane paint (brushed out out with xylene and naphtha) and wondered if you’d used the 3M sealant you mention on single part urethanes and how you liked it.
    I’ve used solvent based 1-part poly paint many, many times over 20 years, and been happy, but this time I’m planning to wetsand and buff since there’s so much work before the paint I might as well look good for very little more effort.

    Mark -Vermont

  • Lee says:

    I may have missed it, but I don’t think I noticed where you talked about the process for the compound, is this something that you would recommend for a painted boat? I just bought a boat, that was obviously rolled & tipped (orange peel). Other than that I have no idea what type of paint, most of what I have read has advised against using a rubbing compound/polish on a painted boat, but I really would like to bring a little life back into the paint with out sanding and applying another coat. It is in pretty good shape, just tired. Appreciate your videos, they have gone a long way to give me some confidence and calm the voices in my head telling my I am out of my depth with some of the projects I have planned.


    Lee – Chicago

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