Power Tools for Restoring Gelcoat
Inexpensive polisher waxes the Waxmaster.
For a control in our soon-to-be-published test of acrylic-type gelcoat restorers, we polished one panel on a 1972 O’day Javelin with 3M Finesse-It II and waxed it. PS has long prescribed Finesse-It II ($20, www.defender.com) for polishing, and the final gloss matched the panel with the best acrylic "miracle cure." We also tried various polishing tools fitted with wool buffing pads: the Waxmaster ($30, www.westmarine.com), the drill-mounted 3M Superbuff wheel ($17, www.defender.com); and a 7-inch variable-speed polisher from Chicago Electric ($30, www.harborfreight.com).