Recommendations on how to maintain Lupo’s product.
Keeping your canopy in good condition will increase your enjoyment and helps to maintain the product’s value. The easiest way to achieve this is to clean at regular intervals. Unsightly marks caused by the buildup of traffic and general grime. Wash the surface first with a recognized detergent for use on fiberglass gelcoats. In case marks remain, use a leaner with chemical and abrasive formulated for usage on gelcoat.
Fading or discoloration of the gelcoat is a natural ageing process caused by ultraviolet light. To overcome this, use a mind abrasive, which removes a thin layer of the discolored surface. This will restore the canopy to its original color and surface luster. Since discoloration develops gradually it should not be necessary to carry out this procedure more than once every three years. Frequent use of abrasive material can reduce the thickness of the gelcoat to a potentially harmful extent, depending on the severity of the discoloration.
REMOVING SCRATCHES FROM GELCOAT AND PAINTED SURFACE
Scratches can be removed from both gelcoat and painted areas. The method of removing scratches depends on the depth of the scratch, as care needs to be taken to avoid penetrating the paint or the gelcoat. Very fine hairline scratches can be removed by rubbing across the line of the scratch with rubbing compound. Slightly deeper scratches should be lightly wet sanded using very fine abrasive paper. Rubbing compound will then remove the flitting marks created by the abrasive paper. We recommend consulting a local body shop for deep gouge-type scratches where there is any kind of danger of paint or gelcoat having been penetrated.