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Old 06-10-2014, 14:20   #1
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Gel Coat Or Paint?

My project boat had roughly most of the interior gelcoat scraped off the overhead due to flaking off. I'm trying not to spend too much on asthetics. but I'm wondering what it would cost me to re-apply gel coat to this area. I would do it myself, just wondering the cost of materials. I will add a picture of the area as soon as i can.
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Re: GEL COAT OR PAINT?

A few hundred dollars in materials and a whole lot of time.
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Re: Gel Coat Or Paint?

Did you decide what to do with your overhead?

I refinished my 1968 Alberg 30 by stripping and sanding all the old coats of paint, and finishing sanding down into the gell coat to get rid of old mold than had eaten down into the FG.

I painted the inside with one part polyurethane. It still looks shinny and new now, 7 years later. Wouldn't hesitate to paint over FG again in similar circumstances.

BTW, I primed the bare FG FIRST with a coat of fungicide, then washed it down with bleech and water, to insure all mold spore was dead, dead, dead, and gone. Then, two coats of primer, two coats of poly. Lot of work, but it's holding up to be a once every 15 year job.
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Re: Gel Coat Or Paint?

Glenn Brooks,
Thank you. That answered my question. I understand the purpose of the gel coat, but for the length i plan on having this baot and the small amount i have into and plan on putting into it, painting is the way to go.
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