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Old 08-04-2017, 08:37 PM   #1
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Smile Faded front cap...no more!

Hi, I thought i'd do a little write up for those experiencing the well known faded front cap issue.

I have a 2014 Sunset trail 28BH with the brown front cap. The fading was so bad that it reached all the way down to the blue LED's that run across the front of the cap. I have done a little bit of research into why it might be happening and discovered that the cap is made using the same methods as fibreglass boats, a gel coat finish. I turn my search to boats and discovered that boat owners also have problems with faded fibreglass.

I bought a rubbing compound specifically designed for marine use and also a polishing wax for marine and RV's. I spent almost 4 hours with an orbital polisher, first with the rubbing compound and then followed with the polishing wax. I am so pleased with the results and it looks as good as new. My plan going forward is to go over the front cap once a year with polishing wax to try to keep the fading at bay, hopefully i can keep the fading away!

I don't have any before pictures but I have attached a picture of the finished result along with the 2 products used.

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Old 08-05-2017, 06:32 AM   #2
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Looks good! Hopefully you have found a solution that will work for you.
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Looks good ...for now . But remember that it is alot of work yearly ..like my old boat with a coloured gelcoat. Best bet is to just clear coat the whole cap,decal and all so you will never need to bust your but again. along the same note ,when I bought my last boat ,it was offered with a coloured wide stripe on the upper side...I opted for the stripe delete and glad i did as they all faded.
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Old 08-10-2017, 06:51 AM   #4
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Rob,

Thanks for posting, looks great. I have tried the very same using Meguiars 9 as a friend who has a boat with the gel coat brought his back from a dull pink to the original red with this. I'm using an orbital polisher. Two applications so far and not back to the original brown. I am also planning to use an RV wax after. Not sure I am as dedicated as you!

But thanks for posting.
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Old 09-25-2017, 06:35 PM   #5
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Hi everyone, I am also having a serious fading problems with my 2014 Sunset Trail, how did you manage to do the top? Sorry first time buyer and afraid to damage it further.
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Old 10-08-2017, 07:49 PM   #6
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Hey Rob! Thanks for the tips! We have the exact same model and are experiencing the exact same front cap fade as most with our model. We are looking for a solution - even something to just make it passably better - as we prepare to sell it. This might be just the solution!

Were the sizes you show enough to do the job on the front cap, or did you buy multiple bottles?

Thanks again,
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Looks good; nice job. I seen a sunset trail the other day near Winston-Salem NC that was so faded it looked terrible. Glad you found a solution.
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There's only 1 for sure cure, automotive paint.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:03 AM   #9
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You guys know nothing about fading. You should see my 2008 Sunset Trail. The decals are more white than colored at this point.
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There's only 1 for sure cure, automotive paint.

You are totally correct. Usually anything else is only a temporary fix.
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