1. Wash area with hand dish washing soap.
Begin with a small area such as three feet by
three feet and apply a mild cleanser.
Wax. If this does not work, then use a ﬁne rubbing
compound. If this does not work use 400 or 600
wet or dry sandpaper, followed by ﬁne rubbing
compound and wax.
3. Rinse with clean water.
Follow with compound and waxing as outlined in
When using wax or ﬁne rubbing compounds, make
sure to read the label and follow the directions. Some
helpful tips are listed below.
If the stain is not removed by the hand dish washing
soap or mild cleanser, then the next procedure is to
use either denatured or rubbing alcohol. If this does
not work, consult your Four Winns dealer for profes-
Avoid working in direct sunlight. This dries out the
wax or compound, and can stain the surface.
Use clean pads or cloths to apply a thin coating
of wax or rubbing compound to a small area such
as three feet by three feet. Remove any excess,
and then rub the area with a bufﬁng pad, or power
buffer. Apply pressure only as necessary to
restore the surface ﬁnish. Applying too much
pressure or bufﬁng in one place too long can
permanently damage the surface.
DO NOT use acetone, ketone, or other
solvents to remove stains. These chemicals
are ﬂammable and may damage the gel coat.
P - 5 FIBERGLASS REPAIRS
After applying compound, always follow with
Fiberglass is one of the most durable, strong, and
forgiving construction materials aﬂoat. It is resilient
and normal repairs can be made without affecting
the strength or structural integrity of the boat.
If using a power buffer, use a low RPM buffer
with light pressure. Keep the pad wet and the
buffer moving at all times to prevent heat
Striking docks, other boats, or submerged
objects could create a very hazardous situation
or severely damage the ﬁberglass. In the event
an object is struck below or near the waterline,
proceed directly and cautiously to the nearest
service facility and remove the boat from the
water. Closely inspect the hull for damage. If
the outer ﬁberglass laminate was penetrated,
repairs must be made prior to relaunch.
To prevent gouges, uneven areas, or other
damage from occurring, DO NOT use a power
or belt sander when sanding. For best results,
block sand the gel coat.
Occasionally, blisters, crazing, scratches or damage
to ﬁberglass can occur. Repairs may be necessary
to correct the problem.
Stains can appear anywhere on the exterior of the
boat and may be a result of contact with tar, plant sap,
leaves, rust from metal ﬁttings, and other materials.
Surface stains may be removed with hand dish
washing soap, mild cleansers, or some household
detergents. DO NOT use chlorine or ammonia
products. These products can affect the color of gel
coat. Commercial car washes use strong cleaners
and should be avoided.
Scratches occur during normal use. The following
is a step by step procedure to repair scratches.
1. Clean area with soap and water.
Apply a ﬁne rubbing compound and buff.
To remove stains, refer to the procedures below.
Exterior Equipment - Section P
Owner’s Manual Page 164
|Categories||Four Winns Manuals, Four Winns Vista Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns Vista 338|
|Model Year||2007, 2008|
|Document Type||Owner's Manual|
|Product Brand||Boats and Cruisers, Four Winns. For support contact your dealer at http://www.fourwinns.com/locate-dealer.aspx|
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