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3M™ Perfect-It™ Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax

  • 3M’s fastest-cutting gelcoat formula for removing light to medium oxidation and scratches
  • Removes swirl marks even on difficult dark-colored gelcoats
  • Can be used to cut, polish and wax in one step, reducing time and expense
  • Formula provides longer wet time for extended product life and easier cleanup
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For industrial/occupational use only. Not for consumer sale or use.
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Attribute Name
Gelcoat Finishing, Refining Scratches
Case Quantity
4 Bottles per Case, 6 Bottles per Case
Chemical Base
Color Family
Container Size (Imperial)
1 Gallon, 1 Pint, 1 Quart
Container Size (Metric)
3.78 Liter, 473 ml, 946 ml
Container Volume
1 Gal. (US)
Cure Temperature
Room Temperature
Net Weight (Imperial)
8.99 lb
Net Weight (Metric)
4.08 kg
Performance Level
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Storage Environment
Room Temperature
Storage Temperature
> 0℃ (32°F)
Volume (Imperial)
16 fl oz, 32 fl oz
Volume (Metric)
3.6 L, 473 mL, 946 mL
  • 3M’s fastest-cutting gelcoat formula for removing light to medium oxidation and scratches
  • Removes swirl marks even on difficult dark-colored gelcoats
  • Can be used to cut, polish and wax in one step, reducing time and expense
  • Formula provides longer wet time for extended product life and easier cleanup
  • Suitable for non-silicone-sensitive gelcoat surfaces including marine, RV and industrial
  • Part of a complete range of Perfect-It™ products for gelcoat finishing

Our 3M™ Perfect-It™ Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax is formulated to quickly remove light to medium oxidation, light scratches, swirl marks and other minor defects from gelcoat. This polish removes scratches of P1500 or finer, and leaves a polished wax finish without swirls even in difficult dark-colored gelcoats. Long

An Excellent Gelcoat Finish, Fast
For a truly professional gelcoat finish, our Perfect-it™ Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax combines polish and protection in one step— its premium chemical and mineral formula quickly removes light to medium oxidation, swirl marks and scratches of P1500 or finer. This gelcoat polish leaves a smooth, high gloss wax finish even on dark-colored gelcoats, and it protects the gelcoat surface against weathering. The polish, which is suitable for environments not sensitive to silicone, has a long wet time, allowing you to use it longer before you need new material. You use less product even in warmer climates, yet it handles well and does not clog on the buffing pad. The formula also includes a wax coating which helps protect the gelcoat surface from the elements and reduces the need for further waxing.

The combined benefits of a polish and waxes in one product mean you spend more time relaxing on your boat out on the water and less time detailing it. Enjoyment is what having a boat is all about.

Part of a Complete Range of Products for Gelcoat Cutting, Polishing, Washing and Waxing
From buffing professionals to vehicle owners, the 3M™ Perfect-It™ Gelcoat Finishing products works great on boats, RVs and industrial gelcoat surfaces — new and used alike. These products include a step-by-step process to help you achieve dependable finishes every time, regardless of one-, two- or three-step processes. And the color-coded bottles allow for easy reference in the shop or on the dock.

The full series of 3M products created specifically for gelcoat includes 3M™ Perfect-It™ Boat Wash, 3M™ Perfect-It™ Heavy Cutting Compound, 3M™ Perfect-It™ Medium Cutting Compound + Wax and 3M™ Perfect-It™ Boat Wax. This range of products is ideal for achieving professional-grade gelcoat finishes for boats, RVs and industrial applications.

Learn more about 3M™ Perfect-It™ Gelcoat Finishing line of products. (PDF, 25.2 Mb)

The 3M™ Perfect-It™ Brand: 3M's Highest-Quality Solution for Finishing Coated Surfaces
Our Perfect-It brand represents a complete range of solutions designed for busy shops to achieve perfect defect-free finishes, every time, in as little time as possible. Perfect-It brand products have been developed according to a step-by-step system — there's no need to create your own processes to get the best finish. Premium product performance means shorter process times at every step. You use less material, and you have less material to clean up. In all, our Perfect-It brand products let you complete more jobs in the same amount of time. You get better throughput, the finest and most consistent finishes, and increased customer satisfaction with every job.

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Customer Reviews
3M™ Perfect-It™ Gelcoat Light Cutting Polish + Wax is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best of all I must say that this polish is extraordinary. Every year, in the spring, I apply a compound followed by a wax on my sailboat, a Beneteau 323 2005. I have worked in the past mainly with the Imperial Compound and Finishing which gives very good results. On the other hand, the Perfect IT Gelcoat Light Polish and Wax allows me to have the same glossy result but in 2 times less time. I have tried several products but have to say 3M Perfect IT Gelcoat Light comes at the top.
Date published: 2021-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Film on gelcoat after application Red and black gelcoat had some minor oxidation (chalking). Applied this product, and it did remove most chalking. Applied it again to remove the last bit, and that is when this product left an oily residue on my hull which is impossible (for me) to remove. Film looks as bad as the chalk that I intended to remove in the first place. It appeared like the product "pulled" an oily substance out of my gel -- perhaps drying it out and hardening the surface in the process? But that is only a guess on my part. Support is very professional and well trained. They answer the phone quickly. 3M support advice to remove the oily film; (1. Re-apply. 2. wash with dawn and water. 3. try diluted rubbing alcohol). None of those suggestions remedied the film. Man, I love my Allison and really wanted to make it gleem. So I am still struggling to find a remedy. 3M Support informed me that customers commonly make two novice mistakes (and of course I made both mistakes): 1. Applied too much product (only use a small dot on the buffer for a 2'x2' area). 2. Allowed product to dry before removing (never allow this product to dry to a haze). Support instructed me to read the 3M Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as a remedial correction. After all, I found SOP to be inadequate to prevent customers from making those two most common mistakes. Overall, 3M Instructions are inadequate. This is surprising given 3M reputation as top tier brand... For example, the bottle itself does not even have ANY instructions. Finding their SOP page is arduous at best, and I was told to watch the videos! LOL I hope sharing my experience may prevent you from making typical customer mistakes. Bottom line, if you are not in the business of detailing gelcoat you are better off with a spray on instant wax detailer instead of using this product. Be careful folks...
Date published: 2019-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great shine this cleaner and wax works good just keep it wet till it works in and goes to great shine my only problem with it is the top its to small and it takes 2 hands to get it out of the bottle and on buffer my feeling is tip is to small
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from slate blue gel coat light oxidation I have use this with the perfect it boat wash and finished with colonite wax. It did a fair job and the longevity was acceptable. I am no expert but I think a stand alone polish after the light compound/polish product would make for a better overall job. I used the recommended wool 3m wool pad for this product at 2500rpms. Any thoughts and advice are welcome. Chris
Date published: 2019-04-28
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For industrial/occupational use only. Not for consumer sale or use.

3M industrial and occupational products are intended, labeled, and packaged for sale to trained industrial and occupational customers for workplace use.  Unless specifically stated otherwise on the applicable product packaging or literature, these products are not intended, labeled, or packaged for sale to or use by consumers (e.g., for home, personal, primary or secondary school, recreational/sporting, or other uses not described in the applicable product packaging or literature), and must be selected and used in compliance with applicable health and safety regulations and standards (e.g., U.S. OSHA, ANSI), as well as all product literature, user instructions, warnings, and other limitations, and the user must take any action required under any recall, field action, or other product use notice.  Misuse of 3M industrial and occupational products may result in injury, sickness, death, or property damage.  For help with product selection and use, consult your on-site safety professional, industrial hygienist, or other subject matter expert.
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