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Don't give up on half-a-century-old gelcoat

September 19 2017 at 5:03 PM
Pierre  (Login cayuco)

It's getting time in New England to put boats away. Not wanting to fight next spring's rush, I had the heavily oxidized deck of my Lancer polished last week. I had very little hope of reviving an acceptable finish and I was thinking that I would have to go down the Awlgrip paint road as many restorations have done.

Well, I'm thrilled to report that this ancient Chris Craft gelcoat is back from the dead! The result is unbelievable. Here are a few shots that don't quite do justice to the smoothness and shine of the "new" deck. It's quite fantastic to think that a chemical compound cooked half a century ago has resisted 50 years outdoors in harsh conditions. Chris Craft did build quality products, maybe they still do.

So, don't give up on restoring your faded and sad looking gelcoat. Now, don't ask me what "Magic Potion" was used, only thing I know is that it comes in $300 Gallons. The biggest job was to remove all hardware, a real pain with totally rusted and crumbling pieces. Some of the hardware is out to re-chrome (chrome expense about the original cost of the boat!)





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