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  • restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

    I have a 17' Glassmaster Daytona. What would be the best way to restore or repaint the hull? The gelcoat is in good shape, no cracks or scratches, but it has lost its gloss/shine and color(as in, its more of a "faded" white. I've heard of paint called Awlgrip that supposedly can make a hull look brand new after sanding and painting. I've also heard that certain techniques using buffing and waxing can restore the original finish, although I'm doubtful of that.
    If I do decide to paint it, which seems the best way, would I have to spray to get a glossy finish, or would a fine roller do the job?
    1988 Wellcraft 250 Coastal, twin 1988 Johnson 140 VRO
    1990 Proglas 17' CC, 1975 Johnson 85hp


  • #2
    Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

    Try a glazing compound on a high speed buffer with a foam pad, followed by canuba wax or something similar. That should remove the oxidation and bring back some shine. Mothers makes a pretty good glazing compound, but you'll definitely need a serious buffer/grinder (7" or better), not one of those cheesy kit like wonders that comes with a bonnet and polish.

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    • #3
      Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

      immediatly after posting this i found a thread detailing the same question
      so i can buy this polish at West Marine or Lowes or someplace like that?
      I also hear you should clean (via soap water, then acetone) first, then lightly sand the gelcoat before polishing.
      1988 Wellcraft 250 Coastal, twin 1988 Johnson 140 VRO
      1990 Proglas 17' CC, 1975 Johnson 85hp

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      • #4
        Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

        Soap and water's fine, acetone won't do much to help.

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        • #5
          Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

          maybe i said the wrong thing, i thought you were supposed to use solvent to remove the oxidation and crud out of the old gelcoat before you started
          however the coat is in good condition so maybe thats not necessary
          1988 Wellcraft 250 Coastal, twin 1988 Johnson 140 VRO
          1990 Proglas 17' CC, 1975 Johnson 85hp

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          • #6
            Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

            Just picked up my 77 speedliner today with the same problem. It also has been painted on the top Looks like a rattle can paint job Red over Black metal flake Lot's o work ahead
            1978 17' speedliner Tunnel hull 200 Johnson

            If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

            Thomas Paine, December 19, 1776

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            • #7
              Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

              You just need to get the dirt and grime off before you start sanding, soap and water will do that.

              Mudmagnet,

              Acetone will noramlly take off rattle can paint pretty fast, try it on an area and see if works.

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              • #8
                Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

                I rubbed it just a bit with some 1K wet paper Paint came off pretty easy but I will try Acetone thanks
                1978 17' speedliner Tunnel hull 200 Johnson

                If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.

                Thomas Paine, December 19, 1776

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                • #9
                  Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

                  Originally posted by mudmagnet63 View Post
                  I rubbed it just a bit with some 1K wet paper Paint came off pretty easy but I will try Acetone thanks
                  Just a note here for removing stubborn paint over gel coat, without damaging the gel coat, "Easy Off" oven cleaner! I learned that right here on the forum, as the boat I had just bought had an obnoxious name with 4" lettering by about 6' long painted on the side, it took it right off, be careful it works too easy, and will burn your skin (it has lye in it).

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                  • #10
                    Re: restore gloss finish/gelcoat?

                    Good tip

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