How Do I refinish/polish the "haze" out of fiberglass gelcoat?

Discussion in 'That'll Buff Right Out' started by thegooch, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. thegooch

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    Hey bro I need some help, I just bought a 1990 boat that has some oxidation on the gelcoat. It's weird when you put water on it the coat shines but as soon as it dries it looks hazy again. What products/procedures would you recommend to try to restore the shine?
     
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    Have you ever buffed it out before? If so, how quickly does the oxidation return? I've seen older boats that start fading again in a couple months the gelcoat is so far gone. Sometimes even wetsanding and buffing can't save them. :noes:

    You will definitely need a quality buffer and gelcoat specific products. Both Meguiars and Collinite have a nice selection.
     
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    Never tried buffing it out, I bought some 3M stuff applied it by hand and it left a chaulky/has residure behind. How are Harbor Freight buffers?

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=92623
     
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    I think Justin was/is using that rotary. Not sure how well it would stand up to constant professional use, but for what you intend to use it for, I think it would be fine. If you have never used a rotary before, just remember it has a pretty steep learning curve. You might want to get a fender or two from a wrecking yard to practice on.
     
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