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Restoring bootstripe by wet sanding?
My 13 year old boat has a bootstripe that's in pretty good condition, it's just gotten a little chalky. I'd like to restore the bootstripe before launching. Traditional compounds do not make any visible improvement on the chalk. I tried wet sanding with 2000 grit on a test spot under the stern, and it came out well, but only after A LOT of time. I don't think it is practical to do the whole boat that way. I suspect that wet sanding with a coarser grit will allow me to work much more quickly.
My question is how coarse do you think I could go without scratching all the way through the stripe? 1000? 500? 220?
If any of you have actual experience with this to share, I'd appreciate it.
Obviously I'd follow this up with finer grits and compound, and a good wax over top to prevent additional chalking.
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)