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 Post subject: AI faded finish
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:04 am 
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Has anyone tried to use a heat gun to restore the finish of a AI or TI?

I have an old Windrider 16 that has this problem and found by accident while removing some scratches that the application of heat seems to brighten the finish again. I'm currently looking at an older AI that is red and faded. Any guidance will be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: AI faded finish
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:33 am 
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You can use a propane torch to try to restore sections of the finish. Practice on a section that doesn't show first. You need to use a very light touch and be very careful, but improvements can be made.

For red finishes, I've found that the application of Aerospace 303 Protectant works wonders for restoring the color and it lasts a long time. Try that first.


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 Post subject: Re: AI faded finish
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:00 pm 
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Thank you for your reply. I've used an electric heat gun on a couple repairs to my Windrider. The heat isn't as intense as a torch and a bit easier to control. It's also a slower process so the likelihood of doing damage is reduced. I think I have part of a spray bottle of the 303 somewhere in a cabinet. I'll pull it out and give it a try. It'd be quicker and easier than heat for sure.


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 Post subject: Re: AI faded finish
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:34 am 
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I never tried a heat gun, I suppose it could work.

My 2015 red TI looks incredible when coated with 303. It usually lasts several weeks. When it wears off it looks dull, but it's been like that since day one. Except for when I'm on the water, I keep in stored indoors and there is no UV damage. 303 is one of the few products you can use on plastics that make it shine.


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