We just completed a haul-out where we failed to get our gelcoat
shiny with the buffer. I had expected that and we did the following procedure:
1 - acid wash with On & Off
2 - rinse
3 - wet sand with 2000 grit sand paper
4 - rinse
5 - machine buff using 3M rubbing compound
6 - repeat 5
7 - wash with Dawn dish-washing detergent to remove any wax residue
8 - bring on a single
coat of RejeX
looks like new again. RejeX is a polymer coating (with UV filters IIRC) from the same company that sells CorrosionX. I had used RejeX to coat Lexan
windows since a couple of years and was impressed enough by that to import
2 gallons of the stuff from the USA. We only needed 0.5 gallon for the complete hull
(64' but not very high freeboard)
is done until the color of the gelcoat turns bright white again.
The wash with Dawn (which is a base) is to remove wax so that the RejeX is put on the gelcoat instead of a wax layer.
This coating is expected to last 3-6 times as long as wax (3 times as long as top quality wax). It is much like AwlCare. Time will tell how it lasts but if it's anything like on Lexan
, I will re-apply one coat every 6 months, hoping to stay ahead of UV damaging the gelcoat again.