Whether maintaining a factory fresh finish on your boat or trying to return an old and oxidized finish to its original lustre, working with gelcoats can sometimes be a challenge. 3M introduces a new set of products available in Ireland from CH Marine to its 3M Perfect-It line that are ready to tackle any tough marine project.
These new waxes and compounds are formulated specifically for gelcoat surfaces, and are easy to use for both buffing professionals and watercraft owners. With increased wet times, less mess and lower VOCs, this system delivers incredible results on any gelcoat surface, even in warm climates.
The 3M gelcoat system consists of three grades of cutting compounds, each formulated to handle varying levels of scratches and oxidation. Each product is designed to leave a great finish, so it is not necessary to use one after the other.
3M Perfect-It Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax
When a brilliant finish and durable protection are needed for P1500 and finer scratches, 3M Perfect-It Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax is the perfect solution for light or dark coloured gelcoat.
3M Perfect-It Gelcoat Medium Cutting Compound + Wax
This compound plus wax combines fast cutting power, a high-gloss finish and durable wax protection. Use this for any P1000 and finer scratches.
3M Perfect-It Gelcoat Heavy Cutting Compound
This fast-cutting compound removes heavy oxidation, scratches and other defects. Use 3M Perfect-It Gelcoat Heavy Cutting Compound for any P800 scratches or finer. The Heavy compound is designed to be followed up with a coat of 3M Perfect-It Boat Wax.
3M Perfect-It Boat Wax
3M Perfect-It Boat Wax keeps all sorts of surfaces looking great. It’s safe for gelcoat, paint, fiberglass and metals and has a pleasant tropical scent. The pure wax finish helps protect against the elements.
Since the condition of gelcoat surfaces can vary greatly, 3M has developed a simple navigation tool on its bottles to help decide which products in the system are appropriate for each buffing job.
P = Prewash ahead of finishing
1 = Cut to remove oxidation, scratches, and other defects
2 = Polish to remove minor oxidation and scratches, as well as swirl
W = Wax to leave a great shine while protecting the surface from the elements. Wax can be used after removing scratches and oxidation with the Heavy compound, or on its own periodically
Each product is available in multiple sizes to cover any job, big or small. 3M also offers an online Gelcoat Finishing Guide and a set of step-by-step procedures to help achieve dependable finishes every time.
The range is available in Ireland from CH Marine here