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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
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    Idaho
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    Sea Ray
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    2007 290DA Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Twin 5.0 L / B III Drives with 235 hours as of August 2015
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    70

    Compounding tight lines above rub rail

    I'm getting ready to compound my 290 for the first time and seems the only thing I can't wrap my mind around is how to effectively hit all the smaller areas with say something like a Dewalt DW849 polisher. Seems that most use at least a 7" polisher, but on my 290 all the flat surfaces above the rub rail are broken up into 3 - 6 inch tall sections. I was thinking of maybe trying to find a smaller polisher, maybe a 5". I know it would take longer for below rub rail, but I think it would make the job easier for above. Any advice?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Cleveland, OH
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    Sea Ray
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    1989 340 Sundancer Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
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    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
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    934

    Re: Compounding tight lines above rub rail

    I have a 3" backing plate and 3" pads for my DA. Some spaces you just cant get into.
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    Laurie and Mike and 'The Boat to be Named Later'

    Proud Member of the Hole in the Water Club

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Cincinnati
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    Sea Ray
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    290 SS - 2016 Ford F250 Powerstroke
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    Twin 5.7 with Bravo 1's
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    1,228

    Re: Compounding tight lines above rub rail

    I remember this struggle as well. I never came up with a really good solution except banging around with a standard sized machine.
    2004 290 SS
    Twin 5.7's Bravo 1's


    2007 290 Sundancer - SOLD

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Idaho
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    Sea Ray
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    2007 290DA Sundancer
    Engine(s)
    Twin 5.0 L / B III Drives with 235 hours as of August 2015
    Posts
    70

    Re: Compounding tight lines above rub rail

    Quote Originally Posted by northshore View Post
    I have a 3" backing plate and 3" pads for my DA. Some spaces you just cant get into.
    autogeek.com
    So you just get a separate smaller backing plate for something like a 7 inch polisher? Didn't realize that was possible, but sounds like it would work well.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    LONG ISLAND SOUND
    Boat
    sea ray
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    2000 540DA
    Engine(s)
    CAT 3196 660 HP
    Posts
    1,892

    Re: Compounding tight lines above rub rail

    Use your hands for all those tight spots





    Katricol - 2000 540 DA CAT 3196, lift, 12' avon tender
    previous :
    1997 450 DA
    1996 350 Doral
    1992 270 DA

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Wayzata, MN
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    Cobalt
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    1997 232 BR
    Engine(s)
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    Posts
    3,636

    Re: Compounding tight lines above rub rail

    I use a polisher that connects to my drill for the tight areas... I have this one specifically:

    https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-G350...uiar%27s+drill
    Founder of BoatingSuite.com


    Previous Sea Rays:
    2008 280 Sundancer (496 MAG, BIII, Gen) - SOLD
    2008 240 Sundeck (350 MAG, BIII) - SOLD

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