Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Upstate South Carolina
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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?
Eagerly looking forward to learning which of the two daunting jobs I should undertake....