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Clean, Restore Fiberglass/GelCoat

krashkrash Posts: 865 Officer
edited February 17 in General Paddle Craft #1
OK its time again.. I know most kayakers today have roto-molded plastic this dose not pertain to them.

I have Canoe & Kayak that are Gelcoat over Fiberglass/Kevlar, and an SUP that is Epoxy over Fiberglass.. taking them off the storage racks after being stored for 3 years.. the canoe and kayak are covered and the SUP is sort of exposed although between the Canoe and Kayak.

Whats your take, opinion, expert advice on how to clean, polish, and wax these before just dumping them in the water ?

Was thinking Starbrite polish then wax using a dual-action buffer. Last time I use Maguires products but they do not have UV protection.
Old Fugger who just likes to fish


  • krashkrash Posts: 865 Officer
    Old Fugger who just likes to fish
  • plasteredplastered Posts: 700 Officer
    Starbrite cleaner wax
  • krashkrash Posts: 865 Officer
    Started with removing the cover, weather proof marine canvas, it was partially backed on from 3 years of full exposure to sun and no use,, it came off shredded in pieces.. scraped off the remnants.

    Good bath wit Dawn blue
    Full wipe down with Acetone
    Clean up a couple old patched spots, resin & cloth, feathered edges, asndes smooth with 400 & 800 Dry & wet
    Starbrite Color restorer, twice w/ DA buffer and orange pad
    Starbrite Premium Marine Polish, 1st coat w/ white buffing pad.. wait a week
    Will do another coat of Polish by hand
    Wait a few weeks and will follow up with a couple coats of Starbrite Premium Marine  Wax.

    What I should have done is perhaps a full sanding with 1500 dry/wet.. then polished and waxed. maybe next year.

    Old Fugger who just likes to fish
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