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Post by Guest on Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:48 pm

i have a clouding discoloration in the gelcoat on my sebring. what causes this and how best to remove? thanks

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Post by David V. on Wed Jul 23, 2014 11:25 am

The clouding is a natural occurrence, it seems to be caused by exposure to UV radiation. Fiberglass boat products seem to be the best way of removing it. I personally use Meguiars Boat/RV 3 stage (oxidation remover, Polish, Wax) comes in blue bottles and works very well.
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Post by Jimboquick on Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:26 pm

At our recent, annual "Classics against Cancer" show, I purchased the Meguiars Marine 3 stage products {haven't tried yet ...}. I've used Mothers 'Reflections' & Mothers 'Reflection Top Coat' for the past two ~ three years, not knowing that there was a specific 'Marine' product.
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Post by Duehew on Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:43 pm

We had the same problem with our car. I tried several different boat compounds and none worked. I picked up the Meguires 3 step process and went through it 3 times last summer using an orbital buffer with not much luck. We ended up painting it last winter.

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Post by Oakley Gentry on Sun Feb 28, 2016 12:46 pm

Does anyone know where to purchase matching red gel coat for my Sebring?

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Post by Jimboquick on Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:38 pm

For the last 18 months, I've been using the "Marine 3 step" process by Meguires ... with good results. However, our red gel-coat finish is usually kept under cover in a garage for most of the 'cruzin' season , away from u-v rays. Can't hurt ... might help.
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Post by jdmmgb on Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:29 pm

I have had good success using 3M Marine Finesse-it II compound.  I use the small buffing pad from a 3m headlight restoration kit because the pads used for boats are too large to fit a lot of the body contours of an MX.  If the gelcoat is heavily oxidized you may need a more agressive compound to start with, check the 3M website.  Lastly, it's importand to wax the gelcoat after you finish the polishing with a good boat wax (some car waxes have additives that are not good for the more porous surface of gelcoat).  The wax will slow down the oxidation.   I now live in South Carolina, put 5,000 miles a year on my MX and do the compound/wax process once/year.

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