Topsides

We all know that gleaming topsides attract much admiration within the Shrimper fleet.  But with weather and sea conspiring against us, how do we keep them looking good?   On these pages you will find some ideas on how to maintain that “as-built” shine.

Gel Coat Finish

In common with many other boats, the gel coat on a Shrimper topsides is susceptible to discolouration and fading from UV, with dark colours being the worst affected.  Over the years there have been many suggestions for dealing with this.  Polishing often does the trick, but in extreme cases the only answer is to repaint the hull.   Follow these links to see how other owners have tackled this problem.

Painting the Hull

Restoring that Colour

DIY Painting the Hull

Gel Coat Discolouration

 

Barry M's hull tips

 

 

Farécla Topside Restoration System

The following articles trace the development of the Farécla Topside Restoration and Protection System since the SOA’s initial involvement in 2010.   

The final article contains information on the revised system presented at the final Technical Briefing held at RMYC in February 2013.   This features three main processes; Deep Cut, Moderate Blooming & Light Weathering, each aimed at a different level of topside deterioration.   Descriptions and illustrations of each level of deterioration are shown and instruction sheets for each process can be downloaded from the links below and from within the article.   

All Shiny Bright - First Farecla Workshop February 2010

Shiny Bright - Again - Second Farecla Workshop November 2010

Farecla Trials 2012

Farecla Topside Restoration System 2013

Farécla products are now available from the authorised SOA supplier, East Coast Fibreglass Supplies and the following link will take you directly to the SOA order page on their website.  http://www.ecfibreglasssupplies.co.uk/c-1067-shrimpers-owners-association.aspx.  Please note that the prices shown do not include VAT or carriage.   

Deep Cut Process Instruction Sheet

Moderate Bloom Process Instruction Sheet

Light Weathering Process Instruction Sheet

Mid/End Season Process Instruction Sheet

For the latest information on the topside restoration service originally provided by Aquasheen please see below.

Topside Resoration Services - Formerly by Aquasheen

More information on all Farécla products may be found on the Farécla website (http://www.farecla.co.uk/industrial-applications/marine-maintenane)