Thanks for the schooling on this....I will pick up a 7" polisher. I guess I was looking for an easy quick fix, now I am managing my expectations different on this project. I don't mind spending the time to get it done correctly, but I hate wasting time, so it's a delicate balance.For the heavy cut compound, I use a normal 7" Polisher. DA never seems to do the same result. You can get one with a coupon from Harbor Freight for usually around $30 or so which I have 2 of these and have used them for years. They are ok and do the job, but will be going for the Dewalt model shortly since I like to run at slowest speed to do the cutting and the HF models don't always comply at that speed.
I do use the Shurhold DA for the Pro Polish with their black applicator pad, then remove it with the Reggae Pad which is quite remarkable how it works to remove the dried polish and cleans itself as it goes. Then I always follow up with a cotton towel to ensure all polish is removed.
Yeah I bought some 3m Finesse-it II glaze to finish, then will apply a coat of wax after that.Lee, an update worth mention....if you want the finish to really pop, use a Finishing compound after the cutting compound. I went back over some of the areas that seems a bit cloudy in the reflection with some Total Boat Finishing compound I had not yet tried out and it was pretty darn good! The cloudiness was gone and the gloss started to pop again. However, this makes the process 2 steps of polishing before the wax, but the results are worth it.
I am sure any of the finishing compounds are good, this is just a bottle I had purchased last year and had not yet had the chance to try it out.
I think I will give one of the Majestic finishing compounds a try as I didn't like how the Total Boat did not dry up like I would have liked. It might have been due to the colder temps though. However, on the same day, the Vibra cut dried to a powder pretty quickly and was easy to work with. Hoping that Majestic might have same formula with a finer grit with their finishing compound.