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.

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.

Interior vs. Exterior Gelcoat

Brushable gelGelcoat is a big part of our business here at FGCI. When looking at gelcoat, there is a wealth of options to choose from. The most obvious first choice is the color of the gelcoat; we have a vast array of over 25 stock colors with the ability to color match to a sample you provide. Once you have the color figured out, comes whether you want to brush the gelcoat or spray it, as we have the ability to do either. Lastly, however, is the option many people have a question about; interior or exterior. Let’s look at both options so you know which you will want for your job.

Exterior Gelcoat is our tried and true standard. If our gelcoat doesn’t specify interior or exterior, then the answer is automatically exterior gelcoat. It doesn’t mean that the gelcoat is only good for external use, or the outside of a boat, it means, simply that it does NOT have wax or Sanding Aid mixed in. This means that the lack of Sanding Aid will result in a tacky finish. If you want to avoid the tacky finish, you will want to add something like Sanding Aid, Patch Booster or Duratec to the mixture. This is mainly used as your primary coat or coats as you do not have to sand between coats, given you don’t wait too long.

Interior Gelcoat doesn’t mean the gelcoat can only be applied inside, it means it has Sanding Aid or Wax mixed in. Interior Gelcoat is used as a final coat, due to the Sanding Aid allowing it to dry tack-free, it will give a nice finish. You will not want to add Duratec or Sanding Aid to this product. If you use this product as your primary coat and look to add another coat, you will need to sand it first.

Now that you know which product you need, you can buy your gelcoat with confidence. And as always, remember that we are here to help with any questions you have!