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By Stephen Higgins (srh00z) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 4:39 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I am picking up my new (old) boat on Tuesday. It is a 1986 model Malibu Sunsetter, and the gel is pretty faded. I did a search, but I did not find any great posts.
1. I would like to start with products before trying to sand, are there any that actually work
2. Any tips on sanding technique/products to use if it comes to that

Thanks in advance

 
By brandon oconnor (auwakeboarder) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 7:15 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Hey man if its just faded, use 3M coumpound wax first. It will most likely work wonders on your boat. My buddy and i detailed boats and restored the faded gel coat on houseboats all summer long and thats all we used. Definitly try it before you sand.
 
By Monster Tower (monstertower) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 8:31 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Try an area with polishing compound, if that does not do in move or rubbing comound. You'll end up doing a lot of polising and waxing but it will come back.
 
By steve D. (mbsteve) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 9:58 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
finesse-it by 3m works great. its not harsh and wont put scratches in your gel coat, but it gets the job done. you can get it at west marine for about 20 bucks.
 
By Chris Anthony (cla17) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 11:14 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I'll jump on the bandwagon of using "Perfect-it II or Finess-It 3M compound". It may take a couple of times but it will bring back the shine on even the worst of boats. Buy a good buffer ($80-$150) and save your arms the torment, you can always use it for waxing later :-)
 
By Stephen Higgins (srh00z) on Sunday, March 14, 2004 - 11:15 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I'll definitely go this route first thanks for the replies.
 
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