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    Posted: 04 Aug 2012 at 9:35pm
Five years ago, I spray painted my 33' sailboat with Perfection Rochelle Red.  Finish came out spectacular. Boat is moored on the northern Gulf Coast.   After the first year, my reverse transom began to get a slight orange coloring, apparently was fading, the remaining part of the hull still looked great.  After three to three and half years, the hull rapidly began to get a white chalky splochy appearance and also started to dull in areas that had not yet had a the white chalky appearance.  The side of the hull most exposed to the sun was much worse than the other.  At the time I contacted Interlux via email and they advised me that there was nothing I could do to restore the paint, other than repainting.  They were correct as I did try and  polish it but within a month it was back looking chalky again.
At the time I emailed Interlux they had advised I can only expect to get three years out of the red color if the boat is left in the sun.  Is this correct?  I can understand the paint fading over time, but the white chalky appearance was very unexpected.  My previous Awlgrip paint job was 20 years old.  It looked faded, and lost its shine, but never looked chalky.
Was my experience typical for that color?  I may haul out this fall. If I were to compound the hull, and then apply Perfection Plus over the old paint, would the color and gloss be retained?  I am trying to minimize the boatyard haulout time/cost.  Trying to avoid the time it takes to also redo the sheer and boot stripes (white), which still look fine. 
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Hi Dave,

Certain colors, notably bright reds, yellow, green and dark blues, will require careful application to achieve a uniform color, as all our products have been formulated on lead free pigments for health and safety reasons. Unfortunately though you not only have a slightly lower degree of opacity, but you are also subject to fading/chalking within shorter periods of time compared to White and lighter colors.

The information which had been provided to you those 3 years ago would in fact be correct in that the only way to help bring the appearance back would be to repaint the surface. I can understand that you are trying to save some time/money, but unfortunately a compounding and then an application of Perfection Plus will not help to restored and aged paint job and if attempted you will likely end up with some blotchiness/clouding of the Perfection Plus. Using Perfection Plus in conjunction with Perfection would only be appropriate when the two products are being applied at the same time.  
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