Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Removing Oxidation

While I've been plotting and planning the interior changes to our boat, Ryan has transformed the outside. When we got the boat, it had a lot of oxidation on the gelcoat. Basically, if a boat sits in the elements for an extended amount of time, this white, chalky layer covers the entire boat. The best way to prevent this from happening is keeping the boat covered and waxing it regularly. 

In this picture you can see the front half of the boat is still faded, dull and chalky looking. The right side is where Ryan began using buffing compound. It works to polish the gelcoat and restore the shine. We only use Meguire's and it does a fantastic job! 

You can really see the oxidation on this boat when you look at what is supposed to be the navy stripe at the bottom. See the scum line below the blue stripe? We got rid of that using an acid called On and Off. It's a very strong chemical and Ryan has a lot of experience using this product. We recommend gloves and a lot of fresh water to rinse if you decide to use it. Be extra careful with it! 

He was so excited to see his boat! 
He has only visited during the washing process. We've kept him far away from the messy part of this! Could you imagine him with the buffer and some liquid buffing compound?!? 

Ryan and I have spent our lunch breaks for the past week doing this:

Before we got started, we washed the boat to remove as much residue as we could. Then Ryan used the One Step Compound from Meguire's to begin removing the oxidation. He used an electric buffer for the job. I could not imagine doing this by hand! There will be a couple of areas on the top that we'll have to tackle by hand, but the buffer made it so much easier! We actually had to do the whole process twice because the oxidation was so bad. You can see the stripe at the bottom is in fact navy! Last night, we began waxing the sides. It's beginning to look amazing! It has taken quite a bit of time, but it's well worth it. 

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