One of the worst enemies for a boat is undoubtedly the sun. More specifically, the sun’s UV rays. Indeed, the fiberglass that makes up the structure of the boat is flooded with UV rays for hundreds of hours a year. Although the manufacturers try to protect the fiber with a gelcoat coating, the sun eventually gets the upper hand.
Over time, you will notice a loss of shine, a rather matt surface that is even silky to the touch. This is called oxidation. In fact, UV rays break the gelcoat surface, so it becomes porous and less shiny. Under a microscope, one would clearly notice the chips on the surface. Once the oxidation effect takes over, there is no need to waste time with the application of a wax. You will not see any visible changes.
What is a compound?
To solve the problem, we have to make what is called a compound. Simply put, a compound is a sandblast that combines chemical and mechanical power. The product is sold in the form of a cream that is applied with an electric polisher. The majority of compounds contain different grades of abrasive depending on the size of the problem to be solved. In some cases, you will feel the grain between your fingers when touching it.
Chic Marine Compounds
Chic Marine offers two types of compound. The first one is a compound for medium oxidation. Therefore, a product that contains an ultra fine abrasive, but combined with a silicone wax to provide instant shine. Of course, you still need to finish with a good wax. Next, we propose a compound that we call “heavy cut”, therefore very strong. The abrasive is powerful and the product contains no wax.
How to use a compound?
First of all, you need an electric polisher and foam pads. There are different pad densities. The stiffer the pad, the more intense the sanding will be. Once ready, simply pour a few drops on the pad and tap the fiber surface to distribute the product evenly. Always work on sections of 2 feet by 2 feet. Start sanding with a slow rotation to even out the product on the surface. Increase the speed and continue until the surface has a shiny finish. If you started with a strong compound, finish with a soft compound and a delicate pad. Once done and in line with your expectations, polish with a quality boat wax.