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JeffA posted 07-15-2002 09:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for JeffA   Send Email to JeffA  
I recently patched some scratches on the gel coat on the outside of the hull using Spectrum patch kit for Boston Whalers. It works real well but the color of the patched area is bright white and the hull is off white from age naturally. Does anyone know if it's possible to clean or rub out the hull to get that bright white color again. I would like to avoid painting the whole hull (or spot painting) if possible. If so could you please provide the methods. I understand that I will never get a perfect match, but I would like to get close if possible.
kingfish posted 07-15-2002 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Are you sure you used the correct matching gelcoat kit color? Spectrum makes a number of different color kits for various years and models of Boston Whaler - most of the classics are an off-white color called Desert Sand, and there are a number of shades of that! I'd suggest, unless you are already on top of it, that you confirm the correct color.

Having said that, even if you have the correct color, there can and will be a subtle difference in shading due to a number of factors, age and sun being large contributors. The difference can be minimized by waxing and polishing the rest of the boat if it hasn't oxidized much, and if it has, by the use of color restorer (mild rubbing compound), then waxing and polishing. Meguiars (I don't think I'm spelling that quite right, but it's close) is one brand I have had experience and success with, both for color restorer and wax, and I think you can find their products in the West Marine catalog. There are others too; I have heard a lot of good things about Collinite wax as an example. I don't know if they offer a color restorer or not, but these products can be mixed and matched.

There are a number of threads about these processes in great detail if you'll scroll back and search for them in this forum area.

Good luck-


JoeH posted 07-18-2002 01:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for JoeH  Send Email to JoeH     
Jeff, I used bar keepers friend (a powder in a can, like comet) to rub out/clean some dock rash and it made my rub rail nice and bright. Maybe you can use it to clean the areas around your repair and soften some of the color differances. Joe
Andy Holmes posted 07-18-2002 08:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Andy Holmes  Send Email to Andy Holmes     
Someone on another post suggested soft-scrub with bleach; I tried this and it works like a charm.


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