Buffing Paint? / by Trevor

Castlefinn Starboard upper

In Michigan, 4/5 boats are gelcoat, and it is a fact that they will have a date with buffer coming up in the next year or so, whether a rough one, of just a smooth kiss and a light polish, something is coming. Having a coat of paint, especially a hard paint such as Awl-Grip, will keep the shine and protect the boat longer. However, even the toughest paint will get abused, especially in the hot sun and salt of the tropics. Buffing on paint requires slightly different techniques and slightly different products, but the science and the idea is the same. We are polishing the surface, and removing all surface contaminants. We are not grinding through the paint, or removing any of the surface. Just polishing. CASTLEFINN is a 112' Westport we did for the Westport display at the Palm Beach Show.  

Take a look between Jeff (Left) and Aidan (Right). Aidan's shadow is much more clear than Jeff's. That will give you an idea of how much more shine we had after buffing by Aidan.

Superstar buffer Aidan! If you look in the window, you can see the reflection of PRIVACY, as the job was done at Old Port Cove, Privacy's home port.

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