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Old 11-14-2016, 03:36 PM
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Attached is the outcome. Haven't even buffed or polished yet- this photo shows just wet sanding. Surprised at how many people doubted a simple process. I finished before lunch... was super easy. There ya go. Roll your gel coat if you want and you'all be fine. Case closed!
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Originally Posted by apalehorse View Post
Attached is the outcome. Haven't even buffed or polished yet- this photo shows just wet sanding. Surprised at how many people doubted a simple process. I finished before lunch... was super easy. There ya go. Roll your gel coat if you want and you'all be fine. Case closed! Sorry the picture is up side down

looks good! Need more pics!
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Originally Posted by apalehorse View Post
Attached is the outcome. Haven't even buffed or polished yet- this photo shows just wet sanding. Surprised at how many people doubted a simple process. I finished before lunch... was super easy. There ya go. Roll your gel coat if you want and you'all be fine. Case closed! Sorry the picture is up side down
damn......that came out really good.

How many hours of sanding?
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Originally Posted by midcap View Post
damn......that came out really good.

How many hours of sanding?
Thank you! 3-4 hours... remember it was just the console not the whole deck. I used a "hook-it" 220 grit on my orbital buffer to knock down the high points. It worked very quickly and left me with a smooth surface. I then wetsanded with 400 grit, skipped right to 1200 and that was it. Super easy and plenty of thickness left for years of waxing. Can't wait to compound and polish this weekend! FYI- that fly bridge in the reflection is about 50 yards away...
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If you use dura tec and a dense foam roller it lays out pretty good. If you are rolling nonskid I just use a semi smooth paint roller from Home Depot and Lowes add griptex and use the griptex roller combo to create a nice non skid. The duratec really helps with the initial shine of the gel coat as well.
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Originally Posted by hardtocontend View Post
If you use dura tec and a dense foam roller it lays out pretty good. If you are rolling nonskid I just use a semi smooth paint roller from Home Depot and Lowes add griptex and use the griptex roller combo to create a nice non skid. The duratec really helps with the initial shine of the gel coat as well.
The shine from the duratech came off as soon as i started sanding. Interesting note on the foam rolling, i figured a foam roller would just come apart after a couple minutes of being exposed to the gelcoat. Wish i used that instead of the NOT so "fine" knap roller.
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Do you have any updates on how this is holding up? have you noticed any yellowing?
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Looks good. Thanks for the update!

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