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    Gelcoat Repair Question

    For those of you who have worked with gelcoat i need some input. I picked up a 07 rxp (yellow/black) a month ago and it has some cosmetic gelcoat nicks and scrapes all of which are not through the gelcoat. Well i picked up a repair kit and started doing it my self. Got it to cure fine and started wet sanding on it tonight. The repair is on the black portion of the ski under where your registration numbers would go. After a hit with 400 grit i noticed the hull and repair area turned to a light grey color. I know its not through the gelcoat but should i countinue to wetsand with a 600, 800, 1500 or have i done something wrong? All of the videos i watched it was on white gelcoat so im not sure if its supposed to change colors or not.

    Should i just finish wetsanding the area smooth then hit it with a good compound with a buffer and then some wax? Will this change the color from the light grey back to the black?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiRamOn22s View Post

    Should i just finish wetsanding the area smooth then hit it with a good compound with a buffer and then some wax? Will this change the color from the light grey back to the black?

    Thanks in advance,
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    Yes. I would buff it with a finishing polish and it should be good.

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    finish it with 1500 or 2000 grit an buff to a shine.

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    so it turning grey while sanding is normal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiRamOn22s View Post
    so it turning grey while sanding is normal?
    Yes.

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    thanks for the help guys i was starting to get worried. but i saw the videos and figured i couldnt screw it up too bad!

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    Turtle wax, "polishing compound" works like magic, its in a white container around $3.55 at walmart

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultramaxracing05 View Post
    Turtle wax, "polishing compound" works like magic, its in a white container around $3.55 at walmart
    sweet... ill try that out. im going to pick up a cheap buffer from walmart too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HemiRamOn22s View Post
    sweet... ill try that out. im going to pick up a cheap buffer from walmart too.
    dont! i did the same thing! i bought that pos and the cloth gets really dirty with the polishing compund, i did it by hand and went through a few white rags, the buffer you will need to keep washing and going to have to let that cloth dry before use, for me all it did was make it harder, just smearing and smearing the compund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultramaxracing05 View Post
    dont! i did the same thing! i bought that pos and the cloth gets really dirty with the polishing compund, i did it by hand and went through a few white rags, the buffer you will need to keep washing and going to have to let that cloth dry before use, for me all it did was make it harder, just smearing and smearing the compund.
    You need a buffer not an orbital. The orbital is what uses the cloth bonnets you are refering to.

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