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roffers posted 07-25-2002 03:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for roffers   Send Email to roffers  
If the boat has extremely faded gelcoat..can I Awlgrip the boat? If so how much will it cost?
JFM posted 07-25-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
You need to wet sand to 1000. Also, to get a price, how big is your boat? How much are you going to paint, to the water line or the bottom too?
However, if it's just faded, buff it out and wax it. Regards, Jay
Taylor posted 07-25-2002 06:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Taylor  Send Email to Taylor     
Some members have reported some pretty fabulous results with buffing. I notice that your boat is a 1988, which is not *that* old. Florida sun certainly makes it worse, but try some buffing with rubbing compound first.
Chesapeake posted 07-29-2002 03:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
The suggestions above are good. Try the 3-step process recommended in this forum and also by whaler.

1) Meguiar's #44 color restorer (or for really bad gelcoat, use Meguiar's heavy oxidation remover.
2) 3m Finesse-it II polish - use liberally
3) Pure Boat wax

For steps 1 and 2, a random orbit polisher make easy, excellent results.

If all else fails, Awl-grip is a good solution. But don't try it yourself unless you have the set-up including full O2 respiration system and full size spray booth. Cost differe depending on area of country. In Fla, you can probably get a 17 hull shot for $2K or less.

Bigshot posted 07-29-2002 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Wet sand with 1000 grit first, then use a polish compound then a swirl remover like finesse-it. Before you wetsand try 3m heavy duty rubbing compound, great stuff. If you do NOT have a polisher/grinder, you are wasting your time, buy one at sears for $50 or less and get a big 10-11" pad. If you are not sure, have someone do it for $2-300 which is about 1/10th the cost of awlgrip. Once buffed you just need to keep it waxed like any new or used boat.

Whalers have awesome gelcoats so buffing will work miracles. I have a 76 that will shine like a baby's butt if I keep up on it.

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