Gelcoat Maintenance: Time to Shine

After the hard work of restoring and shining your gelcoat, you can stand back and be proud. The topsides are protected and looking good.[/caption]

Like a lot of other boaters all over the country, especially the northern parts, we’re itching to get on the water this summer, and we’re collecting the materials we need to get there — sandpaper, tape, paint, rollers, brushes, coveralls, masks, zincs, grease for trailer bearings — you know how it goes. There’s always too much work and too little time. Maybe you’ve been putting off a repair to the topsides. Before you let it go another year, here’s some advice we posted recently about how to do it: DIY Fiberglass Boat Repairs. Might be better to face the music, especially if you’re trying to keep your boat looking good for potential buyers.
After the hard work of restoring and shining your gelcoat, you can stand back and be proud
Even if all the mechanicals are in great shape, the bottom is painted, and the trailer ready to roll, there’s one chore that stares almost every boater in the face every spring: getting the gelcoat up to speed. Without further ado, here’s some collected wisdom on how to get the job done, starting with two videos from Lenny Rudow and followed by a collection of other articles. All you add is the elbow grease. See you out there!

Article: Getting Tough Stains Out of Gelcoat Video below.

Article: How to Restore Faded Gel Coat on a Boat Video below.

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Written by: Doug Logan

Doug Logan has been a senior editor of since 2010. He's a former editor-in-chief of Practical Sailor, managing editor and technical editor of Sailing World, webmaster for Sailing World and Cruising World, contributing editor to Powerboat Reports, and the editor of dozens of books about boats, boat gear, and the sea.