GELCOAT HAIL MARY

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In the ar­ti­cle “Sal­vaging the Shine” (April 2017), a last-hope step was not men­tioned. I have man­aged to re­store the shine on two old boats when rub­bing com­pound would not do the job. A light wet-sand­ing, start­ing with 600-grit pa­per and work­ing up to 2,000-grit, fol­lowed by a good com­pound­ing with three grades of com­pound, and they looked like new. There is a real risk of re­mov­ing too much gelcoat do­ing this, so be sure to do a thor­ough rinse be­tween each step to make sure you have not gone through.

Don Macken­zie Via email

Carolyn Good­lan­der strikes a pose with Just Nui­sance.

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