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Old 13 July 2004, 12:16   #1
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Petrol Stain on Gellcoat

Whats the best stuff to remove a Petrol stain off gellcoat?
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Old 13 July 2004, 12:49   #2
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Stains on gelcoat

You could try lemon JIF (CIF) or Mr Muscle these usually work well providing the staining has not been left for weeks - in which case you will need to try a light machine glaze (3M you can obtain such stuff from local motor factors)
but just ensure that whatever you use does NOT contain ammonia or bleach

hope this is of help,

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Y10 or Starbrite Hull & Deck Stain Remover, both available from any good chandler!!!
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Best thing is a G3 compound,used in body shops,great stuff for small scratchs.If it's really bad use a 1200 wet/dry paper with soapy water then the compound makes the gelcoat look like new.
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Best thing is a G3 compound,used in body shops,great stuff for small scratchs.If it's really bad use a 1200 wet/dry paper
Either of these will remove gel, do it a couple of times and you'll be through to the glass.

Chemicals is the first and only way!!!!!!!
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Manos has a stuff called "Toluene", which smells like nitro disolvent. Did you try something like that ?
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No I'm not a REP. for Y10 but its a dam good product

Use a Product called "Y10 cleaning gel" its only slightly abrashive to give the chemicals in it a start, and I'd swear by it. It is rare that I would say that it is worth paying the extra for a tub of something from a "Sindelry" but this is good stuff.

Using a rubbing compound is harsh and as has been said will only wear away the couple of mil. gel you have already, so eventually abrading it will no longer be an option. Once its clean, polish it up and wax it with an ant UV wax, this will protect the area and act as a preventative maintenance (the most economice type of maintenance!)

I'll stop banging on about it now, honest I'm not on commision but its good stuff!.

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Aagghh! The dreaded Toluene.

Banned in the print industry for some years now, I hope its very difficult to get hold of.

Was once a cure for all evils in Gravure printing, but now just makes your bits fall off with too much exposure.

God knows if it would clean Gelcoat without melting something.

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Just an idea in a mad moment

Could the stains be removed with petrol?
The thinking behind this is that the material which caused the stain was disolved in the petrol therfore it should be disolved by petrol. Wipe it with a rag soaked in petrol (carefully) till stain goes and then clean with Jif or washing up liquid.
Lateral thinking - probably stupid.
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