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Jack Hutteball

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Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« on: June 22, 2015, 10:14:08 PM »

We have a dark blue fiberglass hardtop dodger on our C34, which is a pain to keep looking good.  After 14 years it has oxidized enough that it is going to take a mild rubbing compound and waxing to bring it back to top shape, then continual waxing as before.  Is there some "clear coat" finish that I could spray on, like an automobile clear coat finish that would eliminate the continual waxing?  Would it be better to clean it up and paint it with a hard shell epoxy paint?  Would appreciate any experience others have had with a similar top.  I know, should have purchased white like manufacturer recommended. :?
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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2015, 10:20:35 PM »

OMG!   :idea:

Brace ourselves for a PoliGlow thread.  :twisted:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HaRZzKswaY

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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 03:40:54 AM »

or.. ZEP
Available at Lowes.

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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 07:54:25 AM »

Have seen the polyglow before, thought there might be something like an automobile clear coat.  All new cars have plastic front and rear plastic "bumpers" that stay looking as good as the metal paint finish.
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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2015, 09:32:50 AM »

Jack,
If you can take it off see what an auto paint shop would charge to paint and clear coat.
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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2015, 10:14:10 AM »

Have seen the polyglow before, thought there might be something like an automobile clear coat.  All new cars have plastic front and rear plastic "bumpers" that stay looking as good as the metal paint finish.
Jack

That is becuase they are painted with the same paint as the rest of the vehicle.
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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2015, 04:34:07 PM »

I've often wondered whether a clear 2-part LP would provide a durable finish without sacrificing the gel-coat underneath. I've been too chicken to try it.
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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2015, 05:53:49 PM »

Not quite sure what "sacrificing the gelcoat underneath" means? You would need to clean and prep just like any surface you would apply LP to.
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Re: Fiberglass hard top dodger finish
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2015, 06:35:41 PM »

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Not quite sure what "sacrificing the gelcoat underneath" means? You would need to clean and prep just like any surface you would apply LP to.

I meant you prep the gelcoat once and then protect it with clear LP for a very long time. All future waxing, compounding is only on the clear coat, so the gelcoat will last longer (you are not removing pigment either). Without it, you have to remove some oxidation every time you wax (very little if you are diligent about waxing of course). This is how car coatings work. Like I said- never tried it- but on an oxidized fiberglass dodger top-what  a perfect platform to experiment on.
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