When the gelcoat on your boat has faded, it can make your boat look dull, tired and lacklustre. It can certainly make you lose your enthusiasm for its appearance!
Through damage caused by the elements, the soft surface of the gelcoat is eroded and can leave it looking chalky and dull in its appearance. However, restoring your gelcoat is one of the easiest boat tasks that you can undertake and is easy to do yourself.
To help to restore the colour, shine and appearance of your boat, choose a gelcoat restorer. Gelcoat restorers are suitable for fibreglass (GRP) gelcoats and can help to give long lasting effects, wetting the pigment to restore a strong and vibrant colour and shine.
Waxes and polishes simply sit on the surface and will not have lasting results. Owatrol’s Gelcoat & Surface Restorer (Marine Polytrol) penetrates deep into the surface to help protect against corrosion and blemishes. Helping you to not only restore your gelcoat but also make maintenance much easier.
Gelcoat Restorer is full of benefits:
- Long-lasting effects
- Protection against corrosion
- Restores colour and shine
- Easy to apply
- Doesn’t need wax or polish.
It is natural for time and exposure to erode the appearance of a gelcoat. However, by restoring it, you are not only making your boat more pleasing to the eye, but you are making it last longer.
The beauty of Gelcoat Restorer is that you don’t need expensive waxes or polishes that merely sit on the surface. Applying waxes can be time-consuming and is often a fruitless task.
With Gelcoat Restorer, you know that the formula is penetrating deep within the gelcoat. This gives long-lasting and more effective results which restore the pigments, eliminating the need for frequent maintenance.
How To Apply Gelcoat Restorer
Gelcoat Restorer is simple and easy to apply and can be done in five short steps, some of which you can often omit depending on the state of your gelcoat to begin with:
- Firstly, tape off and protect all of the areas of the boat you don’t want to treat.
- Thoroughly clean the boat, this can be done with soapy warm water or more effectively with Owaclean hull and deck cleaner. If you have any mildew then use a bleach-based solution to get rid of it. If there is waterline scum or limescale you can use Owayell to remove it.
- With Gelcoat Restorer, drying times are short (usually less than 10 minutes) so section off your work in small, achievable areas.
- Soak a soft, clean cloth in Gelcoat Restorer and wipe onto the gelcoat. Remember to wipe off the excess liquid as quickly as possible. (Failure to do so may result in a patchy and uneven appearance).
- Gently buff the gelcoat with a lint-free cloth to achieve a superior sheen.
Ensuring The Best Results
For best results when using Gelcoat Restorer, do not apply in direct sunlight or when the gelcoat surface is hot to the touch. Gelcoat Restorer is designed to restore pigment, colour and shine to the gelcoat, so it is not suitable to be used on white surfaces – to reduce yellowing on white you can use Owayell.
With Gelcoat Restorer, maintenance is easy. The results are long-lasting but when you see they are fading, simply repeat the easy process again.
We hope you found this post on how to restore a faded gelcoat helpful. If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!