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    Need help with bringing back faded gelcoat

    Has anyone ever been successful at polishing gelcoat that was faded by the sun. I have a 00 kawa 900 it is yellow and the person i bought it from let it sit on a dock. It is faded a bit, is there anything or anyway to bring the shine back without repainting??


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    Bing-A-Ding-Ding-Ding, Brrrrrap! Brrrrrrrrrap!!! Polaris_Nut#1's Avatar
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    Try some car polish like nu-finish or phase glaze to clean it up and bring back the shine. Then hit it with a good wax so it stays shinny for a while.

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    You could also try "Gel Gloss" sold in a pinkish can found at just about any hardware store. It's a cleaner and polisher all in one...worked great for a stained hull I was working on.

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    Most cleaner polishes do a great job, but the shine fades quickly in the sun that's why I use a good quality wax after the polish.

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    3M marine fiberglass and gelcoat restorer.

    The stuff is amazing. Brought three years of sun fading on my Dad's boat to a brand new shine.

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    I wet sanded with fine, then extra fine sandpaper, then polished with amazing results on two 96 XPs. I'd try 3M marine fiberglass and gelcoat restorer first, then sanding if that doesn't get you what you're looking for.

    I forgot to take a pre-picture, but they were faded pretty bad. This is what they looked like when I finished.

    Last edited by JAG; 08-25-2007 at 02:06 PM.

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    Wet sanding is what i usually do if it is really bad, you can also try Starbrite fiberglass color restorer or marine polish. A really easy and not very durable solution is to just wipe on mineral oil, this only lasts for about a month, but it looks good and is very easy

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