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Fiberglass / Gel Coat

Molded fiberglass with a gel-coated exterior finish makes up the structure of the hull, deck and some interior parts of your Sea Ray. The gel coat is the outer surface, often colored, that presents the shiny, smooth appearance that is associated with fiberglass products. In some areas, this gel coat surface is painted or taped for styling purposes.

Wash the fiberglass regularly with Yacht Brite Brite Wash and clean, fresh water. Use Yacht Brite Pro Polish on gel coated surfaces to maintain the luster. In northern climates, a semiannual polishing may suffice for the season. In southern climates, a quarterly application of polish will be required for adequate protection.

Sea Ray's recommended polish and sealant is Yacht Brite Pro Polish. If the gel coated surface gloss cannot be restored by Yacht Brite Pro Polish, power buff with a compound such as Yacht Brite Buff Magic followed with Yacht Brite Pro Polish.

Caution: Care should be utilized in waxing commonly walked-upon areas of the boat to ensure that they are not dangerously slippery. If gel coat is not maintained and becomes heavily oxidized, light sanding may be required before buffing.

 

Fiberglass/Gel Coat Stains and Scratches

Gel coated and painted surfaces are very resistant to deep stains. Common surface stains can be removed with diluted household detergents, providing these detergents do not contain ammonia or chlorine. Porcelain-cleaning powders are too abrasive and often contain chlorine and ammonia, either of which would permanently discolor the gel coat and paint. Minor scratches and deeper stains that do not penetrate the gel coat may be removed by light sanding and buffing with the prescribed Yacht Brite products.

 

About Colored Gel Coats

Chemical lab test have proven that colored gel coats will show more chalking than white gel coat due to an eventual degradation from weathering. Chalking results from a breakdown of a gel coated surface into an extremely fine powder. When this happens, the color of the part whitens. The chalk is strictly on the surface. Most house paints are designed to chalk and then wash off clean with water. Gel coat chalk, however, does not wash off.

One can extend the life of white or colored gel coat by following Sea Ray's recommended maintenance instructions: Use Yacht Brite Buff Magic to remove any chalking by hand or machine followed by Yacht Brite Pro Polish. Yacht Brite Serious Shine will help maintain the luster and gloss of the original gel coat finish.


Permanently Moored or Docked Boats

Boats should be rotated in a slip as often as they are polished. This will eliminate too much ultraviolet exposure and degradation to occur on only one side of the boat. If permanently moored in water, your boat will collect marine growth on its bottom. This will detract from the boat's beauty and greatly affect its performance. There are two methods of preventing this:

1. Periodically haul the boat out of the water and scrub the bottom with a bristle brush and a solution of soap and water.

2. Paint the hull below the waterline with a good antifouling paint. DO NOT paint the engine drive surfaces.

NOTE: There are EPA regulations regarding bottom paint application. Consult your Sea Ray® dealer for proper application methods.


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