I did the decks on our boat 2 years ago, we used the Interlux epoxy
primer, and the Perfection paint. I wouldn't waste my time with any paint that wasn't an LPU or epoxy/ 2 part paint. It will be soft and won't last as long or be as glossy. The primer came out great and stabilized the crazing we had going on in the old gelcoat
as advertised. The reason I went with it over alwgrip was the amount of how to info for the do it yourselfer. Both have been shown to give excellent results.
There was alot of info on the website and the technical help hotline was very responsive and helpful with the questions I asked before I got started. I'd had no experience painting boats before and found it easy enough to tackle.
Even a paint job with a few runs and messed up areas will look a far site better than chalky and or crazed gelcoat. Also you'll need to do at least 2 coats of primer before, and at least 2-3 coats for your topcoat. That all translates into experience before you have your final coat to get perfect (or as close as you can get). You can always wet sand out any goofs and go again.
I probably had about $900-1000 with paint, sand paper, dust masks, masking tape ect into doing our decks. Most places around the midwest start around $300/ft LOA
. So for my boat it would've been over $8,700. I can throw an awful lot of coats of epoxy
paint until I get it right for that price! I bet you wont find a yard cheaper on the east coast
, I could be wrong though.
That was my experience at least. It helped it was on a old boat I had nothing to loose by trying it on, I couldn't have made it look any worse than it was! It's given me alot of cofidence in my repair abilities and I'm now looking at boats that need a similar treatment for our next step up. Of course all this is assuming your willing to get dusty and work for it! For some I know it's not worth it, for us it was. Here is a shot the summer it was done.