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Old 18-02-2008, 18:34   #1
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the best way to remove chalk on boot stripe?

What's the best way to remove chalk on boot stripe? I think it's from the gelcoat oxidation......... Looks terrible!
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Old 18-02-2008, 20:30   #2
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You can compound and wax it and that will help only slightly and it will have to be ongoing. Best thing is to paint it with something like Awlgrip once it reaches this point.
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If the boot stripe is a decal, rather than painted on, you can definitely wax and buff it back to normal. Be sure to be careful not to let the colored chalk from the boot stripe get buffed up onto the hull color. Keep separate applicators, rags, and buffing wheels for that. It'll shine right up just like the rest of the hull with the right buffer (rotary)
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Gelcoat oxidation is that chalky streaky stuff that tends to run down over the darjker colours like you boottop. Cut and polish. As simple as that. Maybe not simple in effort, but simple in remedy. No alternative sorry. Elbow grease is the best effort.
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Old 19-02-2008, 07:23   #5
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My burgandy gel coat boot stripe was dull oxidized, looked horrible. I had nothing to lose, thought I would have to paint or apply vinyl decal. So I used heavy compound
and bronze wool and lots of elbow grease. Then instead of wax which I had been using, I used Poliglow (goes on easy, drys fast 1-2 minutes, 5-6 coats took half hour to apply to 30' boat 2 sides. Still looks like new after 2 years. Trick is hard work on prep, surface will look dull and scary but as long as it is even, whatever you put on top should look good. Try small test area. Good luck!
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