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Old 01-11-2019, 22:28   #1
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Restoration - paint colour

Hi Forum! New member and boat owner signing in!

Before learning to sail our retro gal we are wanting to give her some TCL to boost her morale 😊

Grisette is a NZ made Pelorous motor sailer and I'm wondering if anyone would know what colour her gel coat is so we can restore her to her former glory? (in the past someone has tried painting her blue and we are working at sanding that off - a blue gal she definitely doesn't suit)

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 02-11-2019, 00:04   #2
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Re: Restoration - paint colour

I would not try to exact match a color. If white is the goal and the original gel was white then my preference would be Awl Grip in their purest white. This is the easiest to repair should you have an accidental oops.
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Re: Restoration - paint colour

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Grisette.

You might consider re-posting your query to the “ Construction, Maintenance & Refit” Forum.
http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f55/
This one is for technical questions about the Forum & Web-Site Help, not about boats.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Grisette.

You might consider re-posting your query to the ď Construction, Maintenance & RefitĒ Forum.
Construction, Maintenance & Refit - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
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Thanks for your reply! The gel coat on the deck / cockpit is the original colour we are looking for (the white hull polished up like a treat with some elbow grease) ☺
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I think that once you have sanded the blue off you will find you have prepped the surface for paint. You are not likely to be happy with polished, old gel coat.

Will you be replacing the teak deck? If you remove it be sure to fill the holes AND apply a fiberglass scrim over the entire surface or the filled holes will crack and leak into the core.

We have done Awl Grip on our 1984 Camper Nicholson58 twice in 12 years. It’s difficult to avoid dings and scrapes if you use a marina especially with our large boat. As a result, second application. The new Awl Grip formula is repairable. The finish is as good as any new boat. Very glossy and hard. It can be applied by a skilled boat owner but I always hire an artist to do art work. Our last job was done by Raul in Trinidad for $4000 US not including materials. He is exceptionally good.

The deck was also done in Trinidad but by Perfect Finish, also Awl Grip with non-skid.

Our boat looks new.
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Re: Restoration - paint colour

There are many paint chips available and a ton of "white " colors. Get some chips and try to match the small cabin areas. Or if painting just pick one. I happen to like creamy off white colors like "Hatteras off White". But that white white on your hull looks nice.
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I think that once you have sanded the blue off you will find you have prepped the surface for paint. You are not likely to be happy with polished, old gel coat.

Will you be replacing the teak deck? If you remove it be sure to fill the holes AND apply a fiberglass scrim over the entire surface or the filled holes will crack and leak into the core.

We have done Awl Grip on our 1984 Camper Nicholson58 twice in 12 years. Itís difficult to avoid dings and scrapes if you use a marina especially with our large boat. As a result, second application. The new Awl Grip formula is repairable. The finish is as good as any new boat. Very glossy and hard. It can be applied by a skilled boat owner but I always hire an artist to do art work. Our last job was done by Raul in Trinidad for $4000 US not including materials. He is exceptionally good.

The deck was also done in Trinidad but by Perfect Finish, also Awl Grip with non-skid.

Our boat looks new.
Where is your big "M" that I used to love seeing on the sides of your keel...memories of Muskegon.....Go Blue!!
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Where is your big "M" that I used to love seeing on the sides of your keel...memories of Muskegon.....Go Blue!!
The VIVID didnít last. Better suited for fresh water but not too bad. Better paint is available in the Caribbean. I havenít scrubbed the bottom in three years now. This means we donít sluff off clouds of poison in the lagoon or reef. I had to scrub the Vivid weekly in salt water.

We fly the Big M code zero and the M flag.

Where are you now?

GO BLUE
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