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RESTORATION  OF SMOOTH GELCOAT (“3-STEP” v. “2-Step Processes )

Before Starting Process.....

     Replace shipping caps on bottles with dispensing caps or remove inner liner.

WASH DOWN & DRY THE SURFACE [IG Pink or regular detergent well diluted with water].


Shake products well while using

THEN...

CLOSELY FOLLOW THE  STEPS BELOW:

NOTE: Choose a warm (ideally above 65o F), dry day. Start early enough to allow for evening dew.

NOTE: Try to ensure each treated area is rendered waterproof by the end of the day. All areas will look the same when finished.

STEP 1: DE-OXIDIZE & CONDITION THE GELCOAT  (the most important step)

3-STEP PROCESS

2-STEP PROCESS


     

a) APPLY Cleanser/Conditioner to 1 - 4 square feet of surface (use white paper towel swab). Surface should be well wetted with product and evenly spread. [NEUTRAL CLEAR™ is suitable for ALL colors, SEA GLOW™ is best for white, red & blue. CLICK HERE for explanation].



b) VERY LIGHTLY SCUFF with 3M synthetic steel wool pad [“000 Extra Fine”].  to “open up” the surface, allowing product to penetrate into the pores. Horizontal “back and forth” motion of the pad gives a uniform “silken” appearance to wetted surface.  Be sure to remove grime and oxidation from minor scratches, that will then "disappear".  [ Note: You can speed this stage by use of a Black & Decker® "Mouse™ " or similar orbital/linear sander, attaching the scuff pad onto the velcro backing of the rubber pad ].


c) DRAW UP OXIDATION & STAINS from the wetted area by wiping it with a ball of paper towel soaked in fresh product.   Repeat this step until the gelcoat looks really clean and the paper towel swabs come up clean.


d) WIPE OFF EXCESS PRODUCT from the surface using paper towel.   Inactivate cleanser by wiping over area with water-wetted paper towel  [DO NOT HOSE OFF, as this will remove conditioner from the gelcoat pores].


e) IMMEDIATELY REMOVE EXCESS CONDITIONER by wiping to dryness with fresh clean paper towel. Surface should now be very clean and dry, with no streaks.  It will have an even silken sheen. [ Note: If conditioner dries on surface , as in very hot weather, it will leave streaks. Remove them with a little fresh Cleanser/Conditioenr, then repeat steps d) & e) ].



     

a) APPLY ELIXIR™ to 1 - 4 square feet of surface (use white paper towel swab). Surface should be well wetted with product and evenly spread.[Suitable for ALL colors, including white, see HERE for explantion]


b) VERY LIGHTLY SCUFF with 3M synthetic steel wool pad [“000 Extra Fine”].  to “open up” the surface, allowing product to penetrate into the pores. Horizontal “back and forth” motion of the pad gives a uniform “silken” appearance to wetted surface.  Be sure to remove grime and oxidation from minor scratches, that will then "disappear".  [ Note: You can speed this stage by use of a Black & Decker® "Mouse™ " or similar orbital/linear sander, attaching the scuff pad onto the velcro backing of the rubber pad ].


c) DRAW UP OXIDATION & STAINS from the wetted area by wiping it with a ball of paper towel soaked in fresh product.   Repeat this step until the gelcoat looks really clean and the paper towel swabs come up clean.


     d) WIPE OFF EXCESS PRODUCT from the surface using paper towel or microfiber cloth


     e)     ALLOW ELIXIR TO DRY


     f)     WIPE OFF ANY SURFACE OILINESS with Microfiber Towel.  Surface should now be very clean and dry, with no streaks.  It will have an even silken sheen.

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STEP 2

SEAL THE SURFACE PORES with SilkenSeal™

In very high humidity conditions, Make sure that the surface coating is DRY (rubbing hard by hand or buffing wheel will heat surface to dryness)

APPLY OUTER COATING

OF MIRROR HARD Superglaze™ In cool conditions or very porous gelcoal, SB Catalyst™ can be applied first.


When Dry, wipe off any surface oiliness from excess additives. (Can be water rinsed first}.

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STEP 3:

APPLY SIMPLY BRILLIANT Superwax™ (2 coats, first one thin and then one thicker one).

In cool conditions or very porous gelcoal, SB Catalyst™ can be applied first.

When Dry, wipe off any surface oiliness from excess additives. (Can be water rinsed first}.


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STEP 3A

(OPTIONAL) for

extra high gloss &

stain resistance


31 year old Catalina 25ft Sailboat, restored by 2-step process. May 2016
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TROUBLESHOOTING


HAWAIIAN 2-STEP PROCESS: FIXING AREAS OF DULL FINISH

     a)     On white and light-colored gelcoat, make sure that most all surface porosity has been removed in areas where ELIXIR™ and/or MIRROR HARD Superglaze™ fail to provide adequate gloss (Click HERE for Tech Bulletin)

     b)     On dark-colored VERY porous gelcoat (black, dark blue) ELIXIR™ alone may not be capable of completely sealing the surface pores, so that there may be some dull areas in the final finish. In addition to applying a coat of SILKENSEAL™ , extra application of MIRROR HARD Superglaze™ or SB Superwax™ may be required. Also MAKE SURE TO USE ThE SB CATALYST™.  


DULLING BY PREMATURE EXPOSURE TO WATER (rain etc.)

Wait for the surface to dry, towel off any water spots and touch up dulled areas with SILKENSEAL™ and/or MIRROR HARD Superglaze™

WARNING - Do not use solvent-gritty compound or polishes on the new resin-based surface. It will ruin the shine and imbed the grit!

NOTE: If SIMPLY BRILLIANT™ is not available,  use MIRROR HARD™ Instead (i.e. go straight to step 3B).

Their formulae are closely similar