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adaps4 posted 03-09-2003 05:16 PM ET (US)   Profile for adaps4   Send Email to adaps4  
I am attempting to clean up the hull of my 13- I removed the Whaler decal where It will show the orig. color, and the weathered gelcoat side by side (so I can make sure I am getting somewhere). I began to lightly apply rubbing compound, and I am seeing very miniscule black dots. It looks like the interior did in a couple spots where there has been a lot of wear over the years. Is the gelcoat almost gone in this area? If so, I guess I need to paint. What grain wet sand should I do to prep the entire hull? Not too happy about this, I was hoping to avoid painting.
Bigshot posted 03-10-2003 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Huh? You can not ryub through gelcoat by hand. You will also not get the hull shiny by hand. You need 1000 grit wetsand paper, then a buffing wheel with some rubbing compound(3M) and then polish and wax, she will look like Kojak's head when done. Even if you do(which you won't) rub off some gel, don't worry about it unless matt is showing through.

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