John has now made 16 passes over the 1946 Chris-Craft Brightside U22’s hull. Buffing her to a brilliant gloss is the final step.
John will use waffle cut foam light-cut and finishing pads together with a series of Mequiar’s Mirror Glaze polishing compounds, Ultra Cut Compound M101 and Final Finishing Polish M205.
Besides achieving a super-flat surface and therefore a brilliant gloss, the goal here is removing all 5000 grit scratches.
He begins his process using a variable speed orbital Makita polisher and finishes using a random orbit.
Yes, it is time-intensive and tedious, but the final result, a glossy, glass-hard surface is worth the time and effort.
RJ and I will be reassembling her starting sometime next week.
Her sea trials are just peeking over the horizon, and cannot come soon enough.