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    I know there's some guys on here that have had success with bringing the gelcoat on these old makos back. I was hoping you guys could help me out. I am looking for the start to finish process including grit sandpaper if needed, name and brand of products used, and order of operations. Thank you for the help.

  • #2
    It's exhausting (I'm doing sanding by hand), but I am having success with my 241 following Dodge's process...

    http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.a...82&whichpage=5

    Bottom of page 5. Instead of 360 my 1st grit is 400; no reason other than that's what was available.
    \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
    \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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    • #3
      Hello

      This is how I brought my 1997 hull back to life.

      My friend owns an auto body shop. I followed his instructions. I used the following to cut the hull, remove oxidation and brought shine back. Step 1 3M super duty rubbing compound #05954. Applied liberally and buffed out with a Milwaukee 12 amp professional polisher with wool pad. The compound brought the gelcoat back to life! The key is work small areas, keep pad clean. Step 2 hand polished with Nu Finish, yep Nu Finish. This is a polish sealer, not wax. Step 3 100% carnuba wax, not cleaner-wax, just 100% wax. The wax adds barrier over the Nu Finish. Don't use cleaner wax bc the "cleaner" part removes the previous applied Nu Finish. I did this years ago, it still has deep shine and protection. All I need to do now is simple wash, nu finish, wax. Done. Try it.
      Thanks, Mr. Happy
      Home waters - LBI NJ
      1997 Mako 232

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by Mr. Happy


        Hello


        This is how I brought my 1997 hull back to life.

        My friend owns an auto body shop. I followed his instructions. I used the following to cut the hull, remove oxidation and brought shine back. Step 1 3M super duty rubbing compound #05954. Applied liberally and buffed out with a Milwaukee 12 amp professional polisher with wool pad. The compound brought the gelcoat back to life! The key is work small areas, keep pad clean. Step 2 hand polished with Nu Finish, yep Nu Finish. This is a polish sealer, not wax. Step 3 100% carnuba wax, not cleaner-wax, just 100% wax. The wax adds barrier over the Nu Finish. Don't use cleaner wax bc the "cleaner" part removes the previous applied Nu Finish. I did this years ago, it still has deep shine and protection. All I need to do now is simple wash, nu finish, wax. Done. Try it.


        Any before and after pictures

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        • #5
          Hello DeepV

          Ever since the photobucket scandal I dropped my account.

          Try this google photo link to some before and after.

          https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...hqdE9KdUlMZGR3

          Hopefully this works. Jeff
          Thanks, Mr. Happy
          Home waters - LBI NJ
          1997 Mako 232

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by Mr. Happy


            Hello DeepV


            Ever since the photobucket scandal I dropped my account.

            Try this google photo link to some before and after.

            https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...hqdE9KdUlMZGR3

            Hopefully this works. Jeff


            Hi Jeff

            Thanks

            Ill try it but I dont have photo bucket and it takes me to a failed google page.

            Can a 25 year boat really be brought back with polishing?

            Thanks

            Kurt

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            • #7
              Got it

              Had to install app

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