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Old 26-02-2011, 13:47   #1
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Gelcoat Restoration

I have a 20 year old 42' Jefferson that the gelcoat is in bad need of restoration. Anybody ever used PoliGlow? If so, what were your results?

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Old 26-02-2011, 21:46   #2
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Re: Gelcoat Restoration

Have used poliglow for years and very happy with results.
My 26 year old hull is beige and looks just about new when
poliglow applied (so I'm told).
few points...
Search poliglow on forum, subject has been discussed
see all the different points of view...the good, the bad, the ugly.
The prep is very important, hull must be clean and must remove
oxidation or you will have nice shinny oxidation.
All the work is in the prep, applying the poliglow 5-6 coats goes very fast as it drys very fast in warm temps, say over 70 f.
I get my best results when I strip off with poli prep and reapply
the PoliGlow rather than just touching up very year.
Main reason I use is that I do not have to compound hull
(removing a little gel coat every time...making it a little bit more
porous). If area or strip that has oxidation then you will have to
I do not use on deck or anti skid, becomes to slippery.
Down side if you don't like results is strip off the poliglow
(with poli prep) and wax.
s/v Little Jumps
Lancer 30
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Old 27-02-2011, 05:59   #3
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Re: Gelcoat Restoration

Also the following procedure works fine:
- wash with strong detergent to remove any greasy stuff,
- wipe with acetone,
- take car wax with some very fine polishing additive,
- (test) on a small and not exposed patch,
- start at the obviously weathered spots - more wax and polishing to where the weathered spots are, less where the gelco is OK,
- buff and polish, check
- continue with pure car wax elsewhere and over the top of the formerly fixed weathered patches,
- buff, polish.

The hull has to be shaded if the day is sunny. Do not work in high humidity.

We have restored high gloss to very many boats just like that. This technique does not work on poly paint.

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