FGCI Spotlight: Compounds and Waxes

At Fiberglass Coatings, we have a wide variety of products to help with a wide variety of jobs. One of our largest lines is of compounds and waxes. We have quite a few different products with different vendors we offer to the customer. I pulled out a few from our most popular manufacturers to highlight them, but this is by no means all of them.

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Perfect-it II – An aggressive compound that removes 1200 grit or higher scratches with a minimal amount of swirl marks. You can use buffing pads or apply it by hand and it will buff to a high-gloss.

Super Duty Compound – A very thick compound that removes 1000 grit or higher scratches, you will see this used a lot with gelcoat, but it’s very aggressive for paint jobs.

3m Finesse It Buffing Compound – This is a paste compound that will remove 800 grit or higher scratches. This is generally meant for highly oxidized gelcoat and does require a good polish over the top.

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Cleaner/Polish – Meguiars one-step process to clean and polish a surface. You can apply this by hand or with a buffer.

Machine Glaze – A great, very high gloss wax that brings back the shine to pretty much anything.

Swirl Remover – Great for removing fine scratches and swirl marks. It can be applied by hand or by a buffer.

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G3 – A high gloss compound that allows one step to remove fine scratches and leave a lasting shine. This product recommends you use a buffer.

Profile 200 – A great heavy-duty compound that removes 800 grit and higher scratches. This is recommended to be used as a two-step process with a polish. This is meant to be used with a buffer.

Profile 700 – A great light-swirl remover. Farecla is water-based so it’s easy to clean up and environmentally friendly to use.

 

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PMC Complete Compound – Removes 600 grit and higher scratches and is water soluble for easy cleanup.

Cutting Crème – Great on small scratches, lite oxidation and weathering. This all-purpose product is very easy to apply and water soluble to it’s easy to cleanup.

Finishing Polish – A great polish for creating a glossy finish.

 

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Aqua Buff 1000 – Great for removing large scratches, heavy oxidation and swirl marks, this aggressive compound is good all purpose aggressive compound, too aggressive for auto work.

Aqua Buff 2000 – This product is a finer compound used for light oxidation and swirl marks; a great companion to the 1000.

 

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Buff Ball – Flitz sells a unique tool that matches with their products called a “Buff Ball.” This ball attaches to a drill and is used instead of a standard buffer to get corners and harder to reach spots. This tool does set Flitz apart, making it a great buy for automotive customers.

Flitz Marine Wax MX-32806 – This spray bottle offers a much easier application, spraying it on and wiping it off.

Flitz UV Protectant MAP-40106 – Another spray bottle that is great for preventing oxidation. Spray it on and wipe it down, it doesn’t get much easier.

 

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TR-311 Compound – Our most aggressive compound, it’s not meant for Automotive paint as much as heavily oxidized gelcoat. The TR-311 does not leave a high shine, but is great for getting high scratches out, so you will want to come behind it with a polish.

TR-315 Course Compound – A slightly less aggressive compound than the Tr-311, this is a great compound for any use.

TR-500 – Cleaner/Sealer finish Wax – This product is great as a finishing product to the heavier compounds.

 

With all of these compounds, you will want to look at the different buffing and polishing pads we carry. We have single and double-sided wool buffing pads which are great for your high-speed buffers/polishers. We also carry Polishing pads, which are foam and are great for waxes. Additionally, we carry microfiber rags and cotton rags and even shop towels for your hand applications. Pick everything up today by going to Amazon.com, Ebay.com, FGCI.com, or by going into one of our two showrooms, either in St. Petersburg or in Ft. Lauderdale. We strive to make it easy for you to get everything you need to make your project look great.

 

Have a favorite product line? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments.

6 Steps to Proper Surface Prep for Gelcoat

gelcoat-sandingApplying gelcoat is a process that requires a bit of skill, a lot of know-how and the right tools and materials. So, before you spray or brush the gelcoat on, you want to make sure you prepare the surface you are recoating for the best results.

Step #1 – You will want to start off by cleaning the surface with Lacquer Thinner to remove any wax and oil. The next part of step 1 is sanding the surface with 80 grit sandpaper, like our OEM brand. This will knock all the oxidation and wax from the surface. You do not have to sand it down to raw fiberglass. Make sure you use proper safety equipment, like dust masks.

If you DO have raw fiberglass spots, you are just going to lightly hit those spots to clean them up. These areas will usually require a second coat of gelcoat.

Step #2 – Clean with Acetone or MEK Solvent and let the solvent dry. As soon as it’s dry, you can get started, but don’t wait more than 20 minutes before starting your process.

Step #3 – If you are doing multiple coats of gelcoat, the first coat should not have wax or Sanding Aid in it. If you purchased Interior Gelcoat, it already has wax in it, meaning, if you are applying multiple coats, you will want to wait until the gelcoat is cured and wipe it down with Lacquer Thinner and then sand the gelcoat before applying your second coat.

Step #4 – Mix in your catalyst and apply your gelcoat by either spraying it or brushing it, using our brushable gelcoat. After applying, let it sit for 12 hours before doing anything to it.

Step #5 – Lightly sand the gelcoat with 1200 grit sandpaper or use a compound that is equal to 1200 grit, like our Aqua Buff 2000. Larger blemishes will require a lower grit sandpaper to knock down any high spots.

Step #6 – Apply a wax to give it that factory shine. We sell Farecla, Presta, Flitz and 3M brands that work great.

Product Spotlight: Aqua Buff-With Video

aqua-buffBuffing compounds can make your hard work look great, or it avoids you from having to redo things by removing scratching and creating a great shine. One of the products we carry that is very popular called Aqua Buff, made by Hawkeye Indsutries. Let’s take a look at the product and the two variations.

Aqua Buff is a great, inexpensive compound that can be used to remove scratches, oxidation and swirl marks. We carry two types of Aqua Buff; the 1000 and the Aqua Buff 2000. The 1000 is carried in gallon, 2-gallon, 5-gallon and drum sizes and is used for deep scratches and heavy oxidation. The Aqua Buff 2000 handles the finer scratches and the swirl marks and light oxidation. The Aqua Buff 2000 is carried in quarts, gallons, 2-gallon buckets, 5-gallon buckets and drums. Both Aqua Buff products can be either a blue color or a white color.

There are a few tricks, as you may see in the video to using Aqua Buff and getting the best result. With Aqua Buff, it is recommended that you spray some water over the applied wax before buffing. Also, you want to use a buffer that is able to achieve 2500 RPM for best results.

Aqua Buff is a great product you can find in our showrooms, on our website, FGCI.com and on Amazon and Ebay as well.