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muskrat posted 09-13-2009 06:56 PM ET (US)   Profile for muskrat   Send Email to muskrat  
Please excuse a short story to explain my problem. Last summer after deciding the 190 OUTRAGE was the perfect boat for my small but growing family, I sold my MONTAUK and began searching for a used 190 OUTRAGE in like new condition, as a brand new boat was out of my price range. Early this spring I finally found a 2004 190 NANTUCKET with only 25 hours on the engine. Unfortunately it was 1,100 miles away. The dealer assured me it had been perfectly maintained, so after talking the price down to cover the 2,200 mile round trip, I told the dealer I would be there in two days to purchase. This noticeably surprised him and he tried to delay me with some preparation talk. I told him this was my best time window so I would be there at eight o'clock in the morning in two days. When I arrived they had the engine running and they were cleaning the console with some powerful smelling cleaner. She looked perfect, though the deck seemed to be lighter white then the hull and perhaps a bit chalky. Assuming she just needed a little wax I did not mention it (except to tell my wife she had some work to do when we got home). Once home I gave her a double waxing which gave her a superficial looking shine when compared to the hull, and still noticeably whiter. Also when I remove accessories such as the back rest on the front of the consul I find the same deep shine as on the outer hull. The deck has been difficult to keep clean, more so than my 23-year-old Montauk. My theory is in a rush to get her as clean as I was told she was, the dealer used a much too powerful cleaner that damaged the surface of the gel coat.

Does [damage to the gel coat from use of a powerful cleaner] sound like a plausible explanation [for the dull finish]? Recommend a do-it-yourself magic potion to bring the finish back to Boston Whaler quality. I figured this was the best place to start asking questions because you guys aren't trying to sell me anything. Thanks in advance for any advice. Happy boating!!

wezie posted 09-14-2009 09:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for wezie  Send Email to wezie     
Either the cleaner or most likely sun damage.

Polish and then compound may be the next thing to do.

Begin with the mildest form of polish and as needed work up to more coarse polish compounds.

As you go, try to keep a coat of wax on the gel coat if it is in the sun for any time.

RickS posted 09-14-2009 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for RickS  Send Email to RickS     
Woody wax works great on the nonskid decks, once down it makes clean up easy.
jimh posted 09-14-2009 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I do not see anything in the initial inquiry regarding use of a product for the non-skid. I think the problem here is a lack of lustre in the hull finish in smooth areas, not in the non-skid.

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