View Full Version : Buffing Scratches?

10-25-2005, 11:20 AM
Who knows how to actually buff out scratches? I've tried applying rubbing compound but it doesn't seem to make it look any different.

10-25-2005, 11:46 AM
What kind of surface?

10-25-2005, 12:03 PM
Oops, sorry, painted aluminum with clear coat.

10-25-2005, 12:05 PM
I know how to take the scratches out of the aluminum, but the gel coat leaves me a little leery. I have used different polishing/rubbing compounds with varying degrees of success. How aggressive was the rubbing compound you used?

10-25-2005, 12:16 PM
I used heavy rubbing compound, hand applied.

10-25-2005, 12:36 PM
I used some heavy cut 3m with a good bonnet on an inexpensive sears buffer and it worked pretty well. For the deep aluminum scratches, I started with a 3m rolock abrasive wheel on my die grinder and progressed to different levels of sand paper to a buffing wheel with rouge. The final step was using 3m buffing compound, 1st rough cut to medium cut. I don't know if it helps in your situation though.
Just a thought, I seem to remember 916Steelhead is in the know for this kind of question. He may be a great source for info.

10-25-2005, 12:38 PM
Thanks, Bill.

10-25-2005, 01:16 PM
Scratches are well earned war wounds. It gives the boat character. Mine has alot of character ;D