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delasource posted 08-17-2005 06:02 PM ET (US)   Profile for delasource   Send Email to delasource  
I washed the hull on my new Montauk for the first time and noticed 2 darker white rectangular areas. I didn't want to be too aggressive in trying to remove them, but they won't come off with normal cleaning.

They are definite rectangular shapes (about 5" x 8") at the point where the sides meet the bottom of the boat. They're close to the stern and look like they may have been made by protective pads used to keep a sling from rubbing on the outter edge of the hull.

Has anyone experienced this and are there any suggestions to remove the marks?



bsmotril posted 08-17-2005 06:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
In order of agressiveness, Start with FSR gel (fiberglass Staing Remover), rinse well, and rinse it off the trailer immediately if it drips. If that does not get it off, try polishing compound. If still there, followed by wet sanding with 600 grit wet dry sandpater, followed by 1000 and 2000 grit to get the gloss back. If it is still there after all that, it is a gel coat patch where the repair does not match the original color well. Either have them fix it, or live with it. BillS
Buckda posted 08-17-2005 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
On a new boat - I'd call your dealer and ask if a repair was made to the boat before delivery. Explain to them what you have and see if they'll take care of it for you.

If you bought a new Lexus with a paint match problem, you'd take it back, right?

delasource posted 08-19-2005 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for delasource  Send Email to delasource     
Bill S. & Dave,

Thanks for the advise. Dave, I checked the surface and it isn't a repair. I believe that it's a mark that transferred from a protective pad during shipping. I'll try a more agressive cleaner.

Rich M posted 08-22-2005 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Rich M  Send Email to Rich M     
My 170 Montauk had a small chafe in the gel coat on a forward section of the keel that I discovered when I first waxed the hull. I assumed it was damage resulting from shipping and my dealer made it right no questions asked.

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