• The Mobile Boat Guy

What Buffing Pads Do We Use?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020

My friend and I Spike Desloges, owner of Spike on The Water , Toronto, Ontario talk a lot about the processes we detailers use to beautify boats on Instagram. The video above is part one of a three part of series of short videos on "Product and Pad" combinations.

As leaders in the industry we believe in transparency and helping people in our community become more educated and get an understanding of the tools, products, processes, and strategies we use to help keep your boats looking elegant all year long. In order to do that we use different pads and product combinations to produce differ results.


  1. Wool Compounding Pads - would be considered a hammer in the toolkit for a detailer. Wool pads are for correcting removing heavy oxidation, minor scratches, and black marks from the surface of the gel-coat. Since wool pads are for cutting away the oxidation it will leave swirls and holograms on the gelcoat or a buffer trace.

  2. Hard Foam Pad - hard foam pads are for removing light-medium oxidation and polishing. If used after the wool compounding pad it will remove holograms and swirls if used with light cutting polish and enhance the shine you got from the wool.

  3. Soft Foam - are for finishing, these pads can be used for applying a finishing polish, carnauba wax, synthetic waxes and other sealants to protect the shiny new gel-coat.


Paste Compound - Designed for heavily oxidized gel-coat or painted surfaced. We use extra course compound to address severely oxidized boats. The wool compounding pad works best for removing the compound.

I realized the importance of educating boat owners about how to maintain their gel-coat on their boat when a few customers said to me, "My boat is oxidized, but I pressure washed it." I don't care how much you pressure wash your boat you will not remove the oxidation. And you can't wax a boat that is oxidized!

Fast Cut Liquid Compounds - designed to remove light to medium oxidation and can be used with a wool compounding pad or hard foam pad.

Profile Finish - as part of the Farecla system this polish is engineered to remove light swirls and holograms and gives surfaces a deep high gloss finish. Profile Finish is most effective when used with a soft foam pad as a second step to provide deep shine and high gloss finish.

As you can see there's a lot thought that goes into buffing a boat and its only the tip of the iceberg. What approach do you take when removing oxidation from a vessel that’s is AWLGRIP? What about black boats?

I truly hope that you have found this information useful.

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