P - 4 FIBERGLASSCARE&MAINTENANCE
Apply wax once or twice a year to maintain gel coat
lustre. Read the label before using any product. Make
Fiberglass is affected by weathering processes and re- sure product is applicable to fiberglass. Refer to the bro-
quires maintenance on a periodic basis to help maintain chure on gel coat care in your owner’s packet. Also,
the beauty and shine. The effects upon the gel coat will consult a Four Winns dealer for his recommendations.
be dependent upon boating conditions, storage, type of
use, and the care given to the boat during the boating
Do not use carnuba based waxes. This type
of wax yellows over time and makes the fiber-
glass appear yellow.
Four Winns utilizes fade-fighting gel coat in the exterior
finish. It is specially formulated to resist fading and yel-
lowing, and retain more of its original gloss than better
grade gel coats. However, it is still important to maintain
the gel coat to protect the finish.
Waxing decks, cockpit floors or other areas on
which one walks is not recommended. Waxing
will produce a very slippery surface, especially
when wet. Wax may also buildup in the non-
skid surfaces. Be sure all persons wear deck
shoes while aboard the boat. Footing will be
improved and feet will be protected from acci-
dental cuts and bruises.
A. General Maintenance
For fresh water use, the boat should be washed once or
twice a month. When using in a salt water environment,
considerable more care will be necessary. Be careful
when selecting a cleaning agent. Hand dishwashing
detergents are usually gentle and are recommended for
cleaning gel coat. Cleaning products such as Ivory™ or
Dawn™ hand dishwashing liquid can be safely used.
Always read the label before using any product.
A darkening or discoloration of the nonskid surfaces can
sometimes occur as a result of wax buildup. Exposure
to the sun and elements can turn the wax darker, or oc-
casionally can cause it to become flaky or powdery. To
to 2000 rpm). Apply light pressure and keep the
DO NOT use acetone, paint thinner, solvents,
or strong alkaline based detergents, nor clea-
ners with a “gritty” and abrasive texture. Avoid
products which contain sodium phosphate.
Common examples of these types of household
cleaning agents are: Tide™, Oxydol™, Janit-
or-in-a-Drum™, Fantastik™, Clorox™, etc. Al-
ways read the label before using an agent.
buffer moving at all times to prevent heat build up. Read
the directions before using any equipment.
B. Weathering Effects on Gel Coat
Weathering occurs from direct sunlight, water, chemi-
cals, and dust. Some of the terms below describe the
changes that can occur to the gel coat surface.
There are several products available which are specifi-
cally designed to clean fiberglass exterior finishes. Many
companies like Johnson & Johnson®, Turtle Wax®, etc.
manufacture cleaning fluids mild enough to clean with-
out stripping the wax.
Chalking is a result of the gel coat’s top surface being
broken down into an extremely fine powder. When this
happens, the color whitens. The chalk is present on the
Fading is the uniform change in color. This happens
when the actual pigments have changed color, espe-
cially from excessive chalking, or when the gel coat has
either been stained or bleached by something.
Treading on a soiled fiberglass surface can se-
verely scratch and mar the finish. Keep the fi-
berglass as clean as possible.
Yellowing is gel coat which has a yellow cast and strea-
king usually deals with a stain or contact with another
When cleaning nonskid areas, DO NOT attempt to use a
wire brush or sandpaper because this will remove the
Gloss refers to the shine of the surface. This can change
from sanding action, chalk, residues, or exposure.
Sundowner™ Owner’s Manual
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|Model Year||2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
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