Hatch cover refinish

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by cvilt, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. cvilt

    cvilt I Love microskiff.com!

    I just delivered my 15t to it's new owner (fellow member)and found it's replacement. The hatches are yellowing and generally discolored. Has anyone been successful at refinishing these some how, Vinyl paint or anything else?

    I should have put more thought into my user name as it no longer fits :-/
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    What's yellowing?
    Gel Coat? Epoxy over carbon fiber? Paint?

    need pic to diagnose, or to see something I'm glad I don't have to deal with! ;)

  3. cutrunner

    cutrunner Cert. Yamaha technician

    Some bigger boat companys outsource the companys who build the hatches for most of their boats. Some of those companys actually buil the hatches out of some kind of plastic mold injection process (yes i know resin is plastic..) and after a couple years it turns yellow in the sun, like most plastics do.
    So they may not be gelcoat and fiberglass like you think.
    Ive had decent luck at wetsanding them with 800 real quick to get some meat off, then 1000, 1500 and buff. But its a LOT of work
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    If they are injection molded plastic, I've seen one refinished
    by wet sanding with 600 grit paper, rinsed and let dry
    then painted with krylon plastic surface rattle can paint.
    No idea how it held up over time, not my boat.