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Old 12-07-2018, 15:08   #1
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Paint Vs Gelcoat (older boat)

Hi All,
I am not a newby to Gelcoat and I even have some mad skills at fiberglass repair but.....
I bought a 28 year old (white) boat that was built in Ft Myers FL. It's a Brewer 44.

The boat has spent considerable time in both FL and in the Baja of Mexico. Needless to say the Gelcoat has gotten the "chalky" look and I know from experience how hard it is to get that shine back and keep it. I am refitting this boat for extensive cruising and I want it to look nice(er).
I am not very familiar with the paint products out there although I've heard about awgrip . (We will keep it white either way)
So, Questions:
1. Paint or re gelcoat? Benefits? Cost difference?
2. If paint, which products? The boat is currently in Ensenada Mx so I have the ability to get different products down there vs the communist State of California.
3. Should I consider keeping the existing Gelcoat? If I get it polished out will it be a problem in short order?
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Old 13-07-2018, 04:43   #3
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Re: Paint Vs Gelcoat (older boat)

We opted for repainting on our cat. We used Interlux perfection. Easy to roll and tip.
Doesn't need buffing and waxing. Very durable and easy to find.
Gelcoat needs buffing and waxing and it's a never ending process to keep shiny especially after a couple of years.
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We opted for repainting on our cat. We used Interlux perfection. Easy to roll and tip.
Doesn't need buffing and waxing. Very durable and easy to find.
Gelcoat needs buffing and waxing and it's a never ending process to keep shiny especially after a couple of years.
Hey Dulce, How many years since you painted the Interlux Perfection? Did you use that on the hull? Deck? Cabin?

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Thank for the Info.
How does the Interlux product compare to the Awlgrip product? My painter/fiberglass guy in Mexico seems to prefer the awlgrip. His work is great and his price is even better....
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Hey Dulce, How many years since you painted the Interlux Perfection? Did you use that on the hull? Deck? Cabin?

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We painted last September still looks great. Our friends did their cat 3 or 4 years ago and it too still looks great.
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Thank for the Info.
How does the Interlux product compare to the Awlgrip product? My painter/fiberglass guy in Mexico seems to prefer the awlgrip. His work is great and his price is even better....
I've roll and tipped both, the awlgrip does seem to be slightly harder / more durable when fully cured and it definitely has a higher gloss / shine. Not to say the perfection isn't shiny it is very shiny. If you have am good awlgrip guy, you can't go wrong
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