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    color restore??

    hello all, I have a '05 rxt...black...color is fading, anything work well to bring back color? since its not a gel coat, I'm thinking compound and wax won't work...what ya'll use? thanks for any help!!


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    try a 'clay bar', available in the wash/wax section of your local parts store.

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    You could try Formula brand ,formerly "kit" Scratch out, or Turtle wax brand scratch and swirl remover.

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    dont know what we are working with and on how bad it is ,but a mild rubbing compoud,buff and then polish should work just fine, at least its a start.

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    thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phumb View Post
    hello all, I have a '05 rxt...black...color is fading, anything work well to bring back color? since its not a gel coat, I'm thinking compound and wax won't work...what ya'll use? thanks for any help!!
    It should be gelcoat not paint, if you are talking about the hull and top deck.

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    If referring to the hull itself, you might be screwed if stored out in sun all the time. On black gelcoat, the heat kills surface. It chalks and gets very porous. You would have to wet sand down below damage to restore color back. Then buff with rubbing compound, polishing compound and a good wax.

    If you are referring to the black plastic abs and composite trim pieces, you can sometimes salvage this If its the textured black abs. you need to scrub it well with plastic brush and maybe some type of lite abrasive, like Comet. Or some good cleaner like Super Purple, Simple Green. Wash and dry. Then start applying coats of Formula 21 Protectant from Turtle wax. Of all the Armour All type protectants, this stuff works best. After several coats, the color will stay and have a nice shine again until it sits out and bakes in sunlight for very much time again.

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    +1, spot-on advice from Timebomb. I just restored a 2004 RXP (black/green) that was really chalky in the front black gel. I wet sanded it with 600 grit, then 1000, then buffed it out with rubbing compound, finished with buffed polish. It came out looking like new.

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    AAAAHHHH, thanks...fortunately(not so sure) I sold the ski...I have seen others though, especially the red, that have sat in the sun and even compound does not bring them back...I'm guessing you are right about the sanding...thanks!!

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    Buff magic and a low speed buffer, mine looked new again.

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