Lewmar Winches

SloopJonB

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I have a pair of Lewmar 16ST winches with plastic/composite/whatever material ST jaws that have faded from black to pale grey.

Does anyone know of a "miracle product" that will restore them to black?

Strictly a cosmetic condition - they work fine.

I've tried a few things - Back to Black, plastic polish, tire shine, various solvents etc but nothing has worked.

Anybody?

 

phill_nz

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depends how absorbent the ' plastic ' is

many things you can try

permanent ink ( spirit marker / printers ink / indian ink )

silver nitrate

my favoured option would be

not to give a shit .. it was grey all along

 

IanA.

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I just did this with some Lewmar 44s that sat outside for a couple years.

First I used Seapower color restorer. The trick is to let a thick layer sit for a 10 minutes or so on the part. It helps to dissolve/soften the oxidation layer. And be generous with the amount you use.

Then really polish it out hard with a good rag and work it good deep like until all the grit is away. You can repeat this step a few times until its back to the darkness you like.

Next, coat liberally in 303. Rub it in good and coat a few times. The plastic will go a bit darker and hold its color. 303 is the greatest thing ever for plastics. 

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Gouvernail

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Liquid Gold furniture polish liberally applied makes black plastic like Harken blocks  look shiny for a while.

Also, TriFlow lubricant shines them up for a while. 
 

 
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SloopJonB

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Liquid Gold furniture polish liberally applied makes black plastic like Harken blocks  look shiny for a while.
We have a winner.

I tried everything suggested as well as a number of other things and nothing worked - the best I could get was to even out the blotchiness of the grey.

The pic shows the difference using Liquid Gold.

Note: the grey winch has photographed exceedingly well - it doesn't look nearly that good IRL.

Now I just have to see if it lasts long enough to be worth bothering with - even my OCD has its limits.

Thanks Gouv.

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DDW

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I think removing the winches and reinstalling Andersens would take care of that, permanently. As a bonus, they work better. 

 

mgs

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Andersen winches aren’t that expensive compared to other brands. You won’t see a 2 for 1 deal but customer service is pretty good, even in the states 

 

DDW

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For example, an Andersen 28st is $900 and a Lewmar 30st is $1100. Andersen 40st is $1050 and a Lewmar 40st is $1350 - all street prices. But if you already own the Lewmars, then it's sunk cost....

On function, I'll take the Andersens, even if they were substantially more. 

 

weightless

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I think removing the winches and reinstalling Andersens would take care of that, permanently. As a bonus, they work better. 
Depends on the particular Andersen winch. I'm not sure about the new stock but some old Andersen 28sts had a plastic spring cover that didn't last long in the tropics. I had a buddy with a side gig making replacements and I see Defender stocks them.

 

DDW

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That's why you order the "all stainless" version. It doesn't have the plastic bit on top.

 
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