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selene

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How to keep the Gelcoat shiny
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:50:50 PM »
I was looking through rbrtfeld's excellent photos on the Windlass project, and I could not help noticing that his gelcoat is awfully shiny.

I have tried a number of polishes with mixed success - things look nice for a while, and then go dull again.  I mainly use Collinite Fleetwax, but it takes forever to put on.

Anyway, thought I would ask you guys what you use. Any tips would be welcome!

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Re: How to keep the Gelcoat shiny
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2020, 11:06:15 AM »
This year I did a gentle 1000 grit wet-sand (by hand), followed by 3M Super Duty Rubbing Compound (applied with Makita buffer), then 3M Finesse It (w/buffer), then Collinite (by hand).  A lot of work (5 hours?), but she looks great  -- 1977 original gelcoat  :)


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Re: How to keep the Gelcoat shiny
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2020, 10:33:26 AM »
Fantastic!
If you're sailing past Cape May give us a shout-out!