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Old 02-18-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default Gelcoat restoration before and after (27 Contender)

I picked up a 2002 27 Contender a couple months ago and have been busy getting it back in shape. This boat was a tender for a 128ft Broward. It was in pretty good shape over all, but the gelcoat was very oxidized. There was zero shine and the chalk wouldn't wash off the hull. Finally finished it so wanted to post some pics.

Basic steps were: (washed between each step)
Cleaning bottom
Wetsanded with 1000 grit twice
Didn't like results so went down to 600 grit twice
Back to 1000 grit sanding
AquaBuff 1000 doing each section twice
AquaBuff 2000 doing each section twice
Two coats of Starbrite wax

It was a TON of work, and I have several weekends invested in it including a helper.







Didn't realize how dirty the bottom was until we started cleaning it.


You can see how faded the hull is in this pic.


Wetsanding with 1000 grit


I didn't think 1000 grit was doing enough so I went to 600.






Started with AquaBuff 1000.


AquaBuff 1000 twice


AquaBuff 2000


AquaBuff 2000 the second time.


Finished with 2 coats of StarBrite wax.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:14 AM   #2
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The last pic is confusing. You can see the shine up maybe 1/3 way, but then as you look foward, towards the fuel vent, looks like there is still the gaze of wax that needs to be removed? Or am I seeing things?
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Looks awesome! Great job and well worth the effort.............
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Elbow grease,seems to have Served You Well...Nice Looking Ride Capt.
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Nice job - very satisfying to get a boat that had a matt finish back to a high gloss one. Always surprises me too how many people don't realise it can be done - that's not saying everyone is prepared to put the effort in though!
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:36 AM   #7
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Must be a great feeling to bring her back. Good on you!
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looks good, be sure to get a video when you put a fogger kit on them outboards
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The last pic is confusing. You can see the shine up maybe 1/3 way, but then as you look foward, towards the fuel vent, looks like there is still the gaze of wax that needs to be removed? Or am I seeing things?
The last picture shows the wax coming off for the second time. It's only off on the back panel. So what you're seeing forward is wax that hasn't been buffed off yet.

Here is a picture with all of the wax off.

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Most of these pictures are from an IPhone, so the quality isn't the best.

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Looking good. Good job!
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Very nice!
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Is it just me or was the boat a light blue and you buffed it all off? Nice work---I have been doing something similar to mine. It takes forever to do it right, but in the end its all worth it. Looks great!
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Finally! Someone who gets it, remove the oxidation before you start polishing. This shine will last a long time.
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Is it just me or was the boat a light blue and you buffed it all off? Nice work---I have been doing something similar to mine. It takes forever to do it right, but in the end its all worth it. Looks great!
No the boat is still light blue, and you can see the blue much better now than before. The lighting in my shop and the Iphone camera made the pictures look more white.

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Looks awesome. I am thinking about doing the same thing to my 25 contender, 2004 ice blue. If you could give me some advice, what would be the best steps to take now that you have done it already?
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I wouldn't do much different. I'd just warn you that it's a lot of work. Having a helper will help tremendously, and still plan on at least a couple weekends. And it's VERY messy. The wetsanding can be done indoors, but the aqua-buff needs to be done outside away from anything you want kept clean.

It was well worth the effort. The hull feels like glass. It's really amazing how slick it is.

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Looks awesome Jay! I guess you found the mid range boat you were talking about....should be perfect to go kill fish with that sick pole spear!!!
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Looks awesome Jay! I guess you found the mid range boat you were talking about....should be perfect to go kill fish with that sick pole spear!!!
Yeah this boat should be easier for day trips than the 33t. And the Pole Spear has been upgraded to a new Riffe Mid-Handle No Ka Oi with a reel. Just waiting on warmer water.

I also put tank racks in the boat 2 weekends ago. They fold out of the way when not in use, or can be taken out altogether in a couple minutes

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