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Benja posted 07-14-2000 09:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for Benja   Send Email to Benja  
I have the opportunity to paint my '71 17' with imron paint. anyone have stong oppinions about it? I would save about $1800
pros and cons? thanks in advance, Ben
dfmcintyre posted 07-14-2000 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Benja -

Some in this area have preferred imron over awlgrip. If your thinking about imron vs re-gelcoating, you need to think about a couple of points:

The gel will be thicker.... better "wearability", but will take more manhours, due to ALOT OF SANDING. If you need to to the inside, the gel will flow into the molded anti-skid of the deck.

Any of the 'thanes (awlgrip, imron, concept2000, sikkens, etc) will give you a quicker job to finish and with proper prep, give a shine that is _flawless_. However, you don't have the thickness to beach the boat, even in sand. You can have a thicker then normal buildup of a thane, it just takes longer. A clearcoat on top of a thane will give better wear.

Best - Don

lhg posted 07-14-2000 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I can think of only two reasons why one would want to consider painting a Whaler: 1. You are determined to change the hull color, 2. The gelcoat is in such terrible shape (prior major hull damage, etc) that it cannot be wet sanded (#1500) and buffed back up. If it's only oxidized, don't use the paint.

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