How To Protect And Care For Your Painted Surface

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3M Perfect-it Ultra Fine Machine Polish

The foam pad needed for this polish

This polish is meant to be used as a follow up to their compound (which will remove scratches and help blend repairs). The compound is part of the 3M Perfect-It line and can be found below.

3M Perfect-It Rubbing Compound

This compound is to be used with a different foam pad than what is used for the polish. The compounding pad can be found below.

3M Perfect-It foam compounding pad

The protective sealant is called Awlcare and is made by Awlgrip. This is a sealant that is safe to use on all painted surfaces!

It can be found here!

The soap that I prefer to use is also made by Awlgrip, and is called Awlwash. This is also safe to use on all painted surfaces!
It can be found here!

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8 Responses to “How To Protect And Care For Your Painted Surface”
  1. Yuri says:

    Andy, much love from Canada. Thanks for doing awesome job on all the videos. I’m sure I speak for all the do it yourselfers like me, would be lost if it wasn’t for you.
    Thank brother!

  2. Drew says:

    Dumb question…is what you have described and shown on your video appropriate for gel coat? Is what you are referring to as ‘painted surface’ the same as gel coat. Thanks!

    • ~Andy ~Andy says:

      Hi Drew!

      No such thing as a ‘dumb question’ 🙂 There are generally two different types of finish that are used on boats. Gelcoat or paint. They are both very different, but serve the same purpose; to provide a nice, smooth, glossy finish. Each has it’s own advantages and dis-advantages.

      The sealant I used in this video can be used on both paint and gelcoat, however it really only works well on gelcoat that is in good condition. Older, oxidized gelcoat actually benefits more from a traditional wax or wax / sealant hybrid..

      Hope this helps!

  3. Mark V says:

    Just had a brief question for you at your leisure. I respect your info regarding your time and answering emails.
    I’ve watched several of your YouTube vids and they’ve been quite useful filling in the blanks for me. I’m working on an MFG Edinboro from the sixties. I have the windshield mount portion of the deck cut out with a sawzall with he intent on raising the windshield ~10″ to clear my vision when seated. I may or may not go further and incorporate a hardtop when I button this up. Waiting for warm enough days to use resin. Planning to use polyurethane paint (brushed out out with xylene and naphtha) and wondered if you’d used the 3M sealant you mention on single part urethanes and how you liked it.
    I’ve used solvent based 1-part poly paint many, many times over 20 years, and been happy, but this time I’m planning to wetsand and buff since there’s so much work before the paint I might as well look good for very little more effort.

    Thanks.
    Mark -Vermont

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