Well she is a 37 year old boat and the cabin
top is due for a complete repaint. As part of this I will have address the issue of cracking gelcoat
on the cabintop, predominately in the area where the non-skid was applied. I have spoken with a friend on the west coast
with the same model boat who had the same problem and has indicated that the only solution is to grind all the old nonskid off and make any required repairs
the re-apply new gel and broadcast some sand to make the non skid pattern.
My issue is that when he did this project
he removed all the deck hardware
, which entails taking all the interior
headliners down and unbolting and re-bedding, etc, etc. as well as the huge mess of grinding off the old gel. At the end of the day a mind numbing project
that will end up causing me a year of sailing.
So here is the question, what about over-coating the existing nonskid with a product like Durabac Non-skid Safety Coating for Your Boat or Ship
, I have used this product on customers decks as well as my own boat and it is one tough urethane coating, and a much greater elasticity than traditional marine
paints. The cracks are very fine and don't appear to be penetrating through into the resin. The gelcoat
appears to be still bonded very strongly to the glass. I have tried chiseling and using a scraper to see if could be loosened and it is still rock solid. So the thought would be to overcoat the existing nonskid areas and encapsulate and stabilize the old gel and save mucho, mucho hours on what will be a brutal job anyway, thoughts here please?