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Using Rubbing Compount on Topsides
The rubbing compound is removing gel coat on your FRP. The rate of removal depends on what shape your gel coat is in (age, how oxidized, or pitted and compromised), rub rate (I hope you are doing this by hand, not machine) and whether you are using coarse or fine. I don't know the Turtlewax product. I use white (fine grit) 3M polishing compound or red (coarse grit) 3M rubbing compound for the occasional automotive bodywork.
My advice: if you can find another effective way to remove teak oil stains from your deck, use it. If you can't and the unoxidised, solid part your gel coat is thin, I'd just live with the stains or think about painting your deck. If you feel neither option is acceptable and think you can safely remove some gel coat without compromising its protection, remove the minimum possible amount slowly and carefully.
Of course, the real lesson of this situation is to figure out a better way of masking for the next teak oil application. Ain't hindsight a bear?
T. P. Donnelly
S/V Tranquility Base
1984 Islander 30 Bahama
Last edited by dacap06; 11-11-2009 at 05:07 PM.