|Buff Magic! Shurhold even works on automobiles.|
Well, the results are in. After doing my research on polish and wax, I spent yesterday trying out Shurhold's Buff Magic and Pro Polish with the dual-action buffer.
Short Story: It worked!
Longer Story: The most difficult part of the day was getting started, since I was a complete buffing newbie. So, the second side of the hull took a lot less time than the first side. However, the Buff Magic was easy to use, and it took only about a fourth of the smallest size available to buff the entire hull from the rub rail down.
The only thing I had trouble with initially was the speed setting on the dual-action polisher. Although the CEO recommends the 3-4 speed setting on his video, I found that the highest setting of 6 really brought the shine out of my hull. And the hull on my boat is only a 2004, with little to no serious oxidation or issues. But I was looking for the shine you see in that video, and 6 did the trick with little to no effort to speak of. Just follow the directions, and watch it work!
Then I went through with the Pro Polish, and this process was super easy and quick. It's a protective layer, so I'm glad I did it, but don't expect the polish to bring out a shine any more than the buffing already did. In fact, although I followed directions exactly, and hand-buffed the crap out of the polish once I applied it, I would say it left a somewhat duller sheen on the hull. Now listen, I'm maybe talking 1% duller, and it could just be that I had looked at it so hard for so long that I couldn't really tell the difference anymore (very likely!).
All told, these products were a fantastic investment, and all components worked as advertised. When the first-mate showed up she said, "wow...that looks brand new!" And, stepping back a few yards, it really did - right down to the previously-oxidized blue stripe. NOW FOR THE GREAT PART: I arrived to the boatyard at about 9am, and I removed the shrink-wrap, washed the boat, buffed the boat, polished the boat, had a lobster roll for lunch down the street, put up the bimini top, put up the camper canvas, and cleaned up the entire scene - all under 7 hours. I was done around 3:30, and my boat was lookin' good! So, this stuff really works, and works fast.
Congrats to Shurhold on a job well done - from good marketing to great execution!