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Bellinghamster 04-05-2009 11:14 PM

sparkles now shine (metalflake salvation)
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The metalflake stripe on my '78 S&S had oxidized so badly that the flakes were exposed on the surface and it was no longer possible to bring back any gloss, so I decided to lay on a protective (and glossy) coating over top to protect the flakes. I wetsanded carefully one last time (400 then 600 grit), masked everything, then sprayed on 4 coats of automotive 2 part urethane. I can't believe how well it restored the sparkle of the flakes, as well as the color! Hopefully having the protective coating will prevent any further degradation of the original surface, and will keep it glossy for years to come. New vinyl (correct font, finally!) to be cut and applied shortly.

Before and after pics (it looks better in real life):

Wacko 04-05-2009 11:32 PM

Looks Fantastic.

h2oskifreak 04-06-2009 12:29 AM

Good work. I need to do the same to mine. I speculated that clear would do the trick as it looks great wet. Now I know it will.

thatsmrmastercraft 04-06-2009 01:17 AM

Wow, what a difference!

CantRepeat 04-06-2009 07:13 AM

That is very nice. Great job.

trickskier 04-06-2009 08:09 AM

Nice Job!!! :D

D3skier 04-06-2009 08:26 AM

impressive!!!! great job!

CantRepeat 04-06-2009 08:46 AM

Please post up photos once you get the decals back on!!

americanskierJim 01-31-2010 12:27 PM

Hello Bellinghamster, I couldn't agree more with spraying clear over the flake. I am doing it on my boat but the only thing with mine is I have to spray the whole boat dew to all the flake I have. It does look great good job.

83SuperSlot 05-03-2010 08:43 PM

Man, I am in the process of wet sanding my boat right now. It looks really similar to the pics you posted on top but the gel coat is in really good shape other wise. I am hoping that after sanding, polishing, and waxing that it is able to look as good as what you were able to get... If not, I might have to go the route you did. Looks great!

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