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tarbaby posted 07-01-2000 02:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for tarbaby   Send Email to tarbaby  
I have a 77 Mauntauk and want to fix some dings in the gelcoat. I went to my local Whaler dealer and bought a premixed kit. The color matches the inside color perfectly. The problem is the outside is a lighter shade of tan. It is almost white but not realy. Is this the color it should be? The dealer said that the inside and outside should be the same color for that year. Anyone know about this? Thanks,Shay.
lpaton posted 07-03-2000 09:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for lpaton  Send Email to lpaton     
Having the same problem with my 1996 Outrage III. Kit purchased from Spectrum matches hull but is a lot whiter than interior. They sent me another kit that still does not match. Spectrum suggested I send an e-mail to Whaler with hull number and they could give me the correct colour name for Spectrum to match. Have not yet gotten around to it. Hope this helps.
lhg posted 07-05-2000 03:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Gelcoat lightens up as it ages and weathers from ultra-violet exposure. You may have to do some custom color blending. The gelcoat from Spectrum is original factory specs and doesn't account for weathering. This is a common problem for any Classic Whaler owner.
tarbaby posted 07-05-2000 06:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
I would think that the inside would or should be lighter than the outside if anything.The color of the gel coat is uniform on the hull,just the outside is a lot lighter. Any idea why?
lhg posted 07-05-2000 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Maybe the boat was stored or docked with a cover. Or maybe the exterior was re-done.
dfmcintyre posted 07-06-2000 07:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Tarbaby -

Like Larry mentioned, a 22 year old _anything_ will fade. I also had the same problem with the reno of my 1973 Outrage. Heres what I did:

The bottom hull (floor and outside hull) came from the factory with a slightly darker finish then the upper hull skin and console. I trailered it to a local paint dealer who mixes the Pittsburgh product called Concept 2000. They "shot" the hull with a little portable analyzer. It's an interesting device that has a series of five flashtubes that you place close to the hull and fire it. It stores the info and feeds it into a computer that mixes up the paint.

The paint is a two part product that is normally sprayed (I've had good luck retouching by brush very small dings).

I picked up the paint, the hardner and reducer (reducer is needed for spraying), along with a portable spray kit (Precept?) and was all set. Tape off the area , well beyond the repaired section thats been sanded, mix according to instructions (the little mixing cups with the ratios on the side are worth there weight here!) and spray (here's the key) multiple almost mist like coats on the surface, allowing the coat to tack slightly before adding the next coat. Naturally dust free area, no wind, etc. are important.

Then you get to sand/buff it out.

Good luck!


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