GEL COAT


GELCOAT CARE
Your Ladenstein Yacht is subject to weathering processes and eventually, the outer gel coat will appear faded or dull. How much wear and tear from weathering depends upon how you treat and maintain your yacht?

If you allow the gel coat to deteriorate, then you will have higher expense of repairing the exterior surface. It is more economical in the long run to maintain your Ladenstein Yacht on periodic basis.
Weathering occurs from direct sunlight, water, chemicals and dust. Some of the terms below describe the change that can occur to the gel coat surface:

Chalk is the top surface being broken down into an extremely fine powder. When this happens, the color whitens. The chalk that has developed is strictly on the surface.

Fade means that the color has uniformly changed. This happens when the actual pigments have changed colour especially from excessive chalk, or when the gel coat has either been stained or bleached by something.

Gloss refers to shin of the surface and can change from sanding action, chalk or residues.



PROCEDURE TO MAINTAIN GEL COAT FINISHES
Wash monthly or more frequently, depending on use. Wash with mild dish washing soap but avoid strong alkaline cleaner and abrasives.
Wax your Yacht three times a year.
Wire brushes, scouring pads and other abrasive type material/solutions should never be used on your Yacht. They create small scratch marks that will collect dirt, silt, sand, marine growth and other foreign materials.

For Yachts that have been weathered and have chalked:
- Wash
- Wax. If this does not work, then use fine rubbing compound, followed immediately with wax.

When using fine rubbing compounds, make sure you follow direction. Some tips are listed below:
Avoid any direct sunlight. This dries out the compound.

Use clean pads and apply the rubbing compound to small area, remove excess, and apply pressure. If using a buffer, use a low RPM buffer (1200 to 2000 RPM). Keep your pad wet and do not allow it to dry out. Follow up with waxing. Use only waxes designed for fiberglass.


NOTE
If a power buffer is used, use a low RPM buffer with light pressure. Keeps it moving at all times to prevent heat build up. If using an electric buffer, be careful not pause in one area too long. This may cut into the yachts underlying surface.


STAINS
Your Yacht will pick up stains from normal boat activity. Stains are a result of dust, road tare, plant sap and other stains from materials which come into contact with your yacht.

Surface stains may be removed by dish washing soap, mild cleansers or some household detergents. Chlorine and ammonia products can cause serious damage to the color of the gel coat.

If the stain is not removed by dish washing soap, mild cleansers, then the next procedure is to use either denatured or rubbing alcohol. Do not use acetone or other solvents to remove stains.

These chemicals are flammable and may also damage the gel coat.