View Full Version : Need info on making my metal flake shine!!!

Stars & Stripes
06-11-2010, 01:34 PM
I have an 83 S&S that is grey/red. The bottom of my boat is beginning to look chalky due to some light oxidation and the metal flake is starting to look cloudy. I dont have a ton of cash right now so I dont want to take it to a shop and have it worked on. I need to know what I can do myself to get rid of the oxidation and cloudy metal flake. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Blake

06-11-2010, 04:31 PM
Check out this thread: http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=33649
There are a lot of resto threads you can check too with the search function. You sound like you kind of have the same problem I do. The oxidation on mine is real bad. I don't have any of the buffers or sanders, so I'm going to have to do it by hand. I can't even afford the sand paper right now. Depending on how bad it is, start out with 800 grit sand paper and wet sand it. Be careful not to take of the flake. If you do, you may have to do what Jim did in the above thread. then move up to 1000, then go to 1500. After that you may not need to go any higher. The use a good buffing compound. Most of the guys on here recommend 3M with a heavy cut. Once compunding then two coats of good wax.

06-11-2010, 06:43 PM
FWIW, I don't think you'll have enough elbow grease to buff or polish it by hand.
It will be worth your time to save up the $80 or so to get a rotary polisher and a couple wool pads. I've tried polishing out small areas without breaking out the buffer and making a mess and never got it to shine up well.

06-11-2010, 07:43 PM
We used this on our 1987 Prostar 190....it looked great when we were done.

Its made by Farecla - Total. The manufacture is Farelca and the specific product is Total...you can pick it up at Napa or Ebay.

Here is the link... with what the bottle looks like. They also sell a product designed for Gelcoats/marine.


Good luck....lets see some before and after shots.


06-21-2010, 11:20 PM
Ox , Thanks for having my back on this one buddy.

Stars&Stripes, If it is to bad you might have to have it clear coated to bring it back.