Next week I am gonna have a 1986 44' Gibson to clean and wax.
What do you all use to clean the decks, walls and hull?
Its oxidized, so do I start with a good cleaning? Followed
One used Gibson I looked at had what looked to be a freshly painted
deck. Is that common? It made the deck look new again, but is
it a good idea to paint gelcoat?
Thank you for your help!
Many here probably better qualified at detailing than I. But I'd start with somethig like Castoroil's "Super Clean", or"Purple Power" or "Mean Green". A friend is a "Westleys Bleche White" fanatic. Stuff is super, but it'll eat the hell out of your skin with very much exposure. After it's truly CLEAN,then buffing compound or even 12,00grit wet sand. Naturally no waxes or polish on nonslip. Gelcoat can be painted with very good results, but as with most painting prep is 98% of finished result. Poor enough prep and paint ends up looking like it's got the mange in a couple years. Do a search here for very good older posts, also check out threads on Duraback.
If you do end up doing paint, check out "FiberGlassics" website. All about fiberglass restoration.
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