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  1. #1
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    May 2010
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    1979 240 Sundancer
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    can I use acetone on gelcoat?

    I just did all my teak and after pulling off all the blue masking tape I have quite a bit of tape residue and some teak guard drips. Is it ok to use acetone to remove it or should I use something else. I used acetone on a small spot for a test and it worked(but not too well) and getting enough white on the rag that was worried and figured I should ask.
    Bob Kulhanek

    '79 240 Sundancer, 260 Mercruiser

  2. #2
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    Re: can I use acetone on gelcoat?

    Acetone works well for that. Oddly enough, I was doing the same thing today one of my 300's. After you are done wash the area clean. It will also probably remove the wax there too so you'll need to re-wax.
    Jim Crews, NW Arkansas
    (Current stock, yeah, I know)
    88 Sea Ray 300 Weekender, 88 Sea Ray 300 Sundancer
    91 Glastron 190, 90 Arriva 19 (something)
    92 Maxum 2300SR (7.4/Bravo)
    94 Ranger 354XT Bass Boat, 94 Bayliner 2050LS

  3. #3
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    Re: can I use acetone on gelcoat?

    Sounds good, thank you.
    Bob Kulhanek

    '79 240 Sundancer, 260 Mercruiser

  4. #4
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    1999 260DA ShoreLand'r Galvanized
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    Re: can I use acetone on gelcoat?

    If you're boat is oxidized, that's probably the white that you are seeing. Acetone won't hurt your gel, but it can dull the appearance. It can buff back to a shine easy enough, but there are other products that won't do that. One such product is Good Off.
    Dennis
    1999 260DA 5.7L EFI B3
    2000 ShoreLand'r
    Past & Other Current Boats: Not enough room!
    "Exceeding your expectations since 1936"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
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    Northeast
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    2005 48DA
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    Cummins QSC-540
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    Re: can I use acetone on gelcoat?

    Acetone work great to remove the plastic dock guard scrapes on your gelcoat. You know, the beige or black streaks after rubbing against the dock.
    Do svidanya

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    2007 Sea Ray 290DA Twin 5.0 Bravo III
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