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My 1978 O'Day 22 has, alas, been under-maintained for most of her life. I am prepared -- I think -- to put in the necessary elbow grease to attempt cleaning up the gelcoat, but I am wondering how far gone is too far? The topsides are not bad, but the deck and house are weathered to a white chalky condition with numerous pores that hold tiny bits of black. I can whiten the black with a bleach-type cleaner, but the pores remain. (O'Days were not factory white, btw, but a very light cream color.)
I am not looking for a showroom finish. The 'glass in its current condition is hard to clean and fantastically stain-prone (every danged footprint is near permanent). Will a severe compounding and waxing restore gelcoat in this state to a maintainable condition, or am I doomed to paint because of the porosity?
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Oh, and another dumb question.
Will compounding my molded-in blue sheer stripe and boot top stripe smear color into the white (and vice versa)?
If so, how is that avoided?
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If so, how is that avoided?
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2" blue tape above and below the stripe prevents bleed...
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the real answer is a wet sanding using 800 and 1000, before you compound and wax....but it's a very time intensive job.
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Maine Sail,
What is your opinion on putting a clear coat on top of a new awlgrip paint job??
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What is your opinion on putting a clear coat on top of a new awlgrip paint job??

So long as it is an Awlgrip clear coat it can be a good thing and it can also take the gloss to the next level. Still can't ever buff it though...
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What is the coverage area of 1 quart of Presta Gelcoat Compound?

Hi,

Can anyone give me an idea of approximately how much Presta Gelcoat Compound and Presta Ultra Cutting Creme is needed to cover a 44' sailboat with light to moderate oxidation? The hull is white.

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I would not use both gelcoat compound and cutting creme. They are both buffing products. The gelcoat compound is much more versatile than the cutting creme. Use the Gelcoat compound and then the Presta Chroma 1500 with the appropriate pads and buffer(Makita 9227). Are you doing just the hull or are you also doing the cabin top?

Just the hull would likely take most of a 32oz bottle of gelcoat compound. Buy two of each to be safe.

I tend to dry buff so I do use less material than others.
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Thanks Tim,

Just the hull..

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We used both the gelcoat compound and the ultra cutting creme. They might both be buffing products, but there is a marked difference after the cutting creme vs. the compound. For our 40' boat we used 1 container of the gelcoat compound and (I believe) a 1/2 container or less of the cutting creme. You have to be sure not to apply too much on the pad or it will never gloss up.
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