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nickfabbri

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Does anyone have any suggestions as to what i can use to bring the shine back to a faded gelcoat. I have tried t cut and it seems to work very well on the small area i tried. But do i need something slightly more abrasive ?Also i am assumig that if i carry on using t cut it will have no detrimental effect to the gelcoat itself?
 

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Some say that using T Cut on white gelcoat will lead to a staining of the gelcoat because the T cut itself is brown. I don't know whether this be true or not but I have steered clear of the product just in case. I've always used 3M products (Gelcoat restorer for faded gelcoat) and have had excellent results.

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following a recommendation on here and also from my car valeter I used Halfords own brand cutting compound and then autoglym polish. Two tubes compund did my 25ft Birchwood and the litre size of autoglym (approx £15 from Halfords did thejob)

Worked for me but depends how faded the gelcoat is I guess

Nick
 

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Hi

There was a thread on here a while ago that recommended this product
http://www.cleanandshiny.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=9935

followed by this
http://www.cleanandshiny.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=9930

I have used the polish and it brings it up a treat

As for as I know any polish/abrasive(T cut) work by abrading away the surface, OK, maybe only microns at a time, but gel coat is not very thick to start with. So the danger with over polishing/cutting is you remove gel coat, open up voids close to the surface. I'd avoid using an electric polisher too. Once clean try and keep on top of it with Star Bright products.

On a happier note, you'll save on gym membership this month and your biceps/triceps will get a good work out... "polish on...polish off"
 

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People in our club have had good results using Farecla marine cutting/polising pastes but they do need to be applied using a proper polshing tool. Not yer DIY car polisher.
 

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[ QUOTE ]
Hi

There was a thread on here a while ago that recommended this product
http://www.cleanandshiny.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=9935

followed by this
http://www.cleanandshiny.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductID=9930


[/ QUOTE ]

'twas me :)

Thoroughly recommend calling Adrian - he'll recommend the various approaches and tools. If you're based near the solebnt you may even be able to get him to demonstrate some of his products.

My 30 year old, dull Gelcoat hull is back to shiny after a days work.

Go For It!
 

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Any thoughts of organising demo day Adrian - as its a bit hard to tow the boat around to Molly Millars lane /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Rick
 
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