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Recovering the Shine

In Sailing on July 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

One of the joys of having a sailboat is (in all seriousness) restoring a boat to better than new.  With my Precision 18, there’s plenty of opportunties for this.  Today, I realized I wasn’t sure how to go about restoring the hull (the gelcoat is chalky, but there’s not many scratches) – what do I do, how do I do it and in what order?

Fortunately, I found a good article that gave what is essentially a hierarchy of steps for recovering / restoring the shine in the hull (after cleaning):

  • try waxing,
  • and if that isn’t sufficient then try polish,
  • and if that isn’t sufficient then try compound
  • and if that isn’t sufficient then try sandpaper

Fortunately, I tried waxing last year – and the results looked good.

So, now I’m on to Practical Sailor to read reviews on wax.