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Old gelcoat chalking

Iíve never polished or waxed my 1981 S2 sailboat because looks just donít matter much to me. However, the chalking of the ancient gelcoat can be embarrassing when it rains or when someone sits on it in dark pants. Major portion of the deck is very aggressive deeply patterned anti-skid that cannot be polished anyway. If I was to polish the seats to remove the chalking, how would I reduce further chalking without having to wax it every year.
I simply refuse to wax a vehicle and in fact have never even washed my own truck as I have better things to do. Is there a coating that can be used to seal the surface that will not require waxing? I donít care about looks, I am just tired of the chalking.
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You could compound it, but without wax on top it will chalk again. I doubt the compound will buy you another 33 years.
Other option is to paint her.
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Re: Old gelcoat chalking

Honestly, the waxing isn't that bad, especially if you focus on the places where people will sit/lean. The whole foredeck can be left undone unless you have people sunning themselves up there.
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Re: Old gelcoat chalking

If you refuse to wash your car,i don't know if sailing is the right hobby for you
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Re: Old gelcoat chalking

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If you refuse to wash your car,i don't know if sailing is the right hobby for you
Why...a boat doesn't need to be clean to sail it

To the OP...get some of that starbrite full strength deck cleaner. Follow the directions and your deck should be spiffy in no time without any real elbow grease
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Re: Old gelcoat chalking

rubbing compound...
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Re: Old gelcoat chalking

My last truck that I never washed went to 333,333 miles.
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Poli Glow, good for several years (does yellow over time)
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Re: Old gelcoat chalking

Tell your guests to wear white pants.
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Tell your guests to wear white pants.
Or no pants at all....
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