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dangc78 posted 06-06-2001 01:10 PM ET (US)   Profile for dangc78   Send Email to dangc78  
I have a 13' whaler that has some spider and hairline cracks. It has also been painted twice, very poorly though. I was thinking of sanding to the oringinal gelcoat, applying a few layers of west system epoxy and glass where needed and then re-gelcoating the entire boat. Has anyone done this task before?
I still have several unanswered questions after visiting the local west marine store.
does the west system become brittle after several years like some epoxies do?
What kind of paint should i use? I have heard of a two step paint. what is it?
How should i sand the paint off of the antiskid floor?
Thanks for everyones help!
beby138 posted 06-11-2001 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for beby138  Send Email to beby138     
I just finished this on my 13'68,the gelcoat was on very bad shape w' cracks and little/medium holes all over the interior of the boat,bought some "original" gelcoat color from Spectrum ,but after some reading from this forum i changed my mind ( re-gelcoat require big $$$ if you want a close to perfect result)and went w/ Brightside paint,
1- washed the interior( only painted the interior and regelcoat the transom exterior after some holes repairs) very good w/ a press. washer and all the loose gelcoat came out
2- sanded all the interior w/ #80 sand paper and a drill wire brush,( except most of the non-skid part)
3- Did some repairs w/ West Syst epoxy .
4- Sanded w/ 180
5- wash the boat again
6- cleaned w/ interlux fiberglass clner
7- Applied 2 coats of interlux epoxy primer w/ sand between coats
8- the 3 coats of brightside w/ sanding work again # 600
All this and put everything back together took me 3 months working 10 hrs/week and around $150.00 ,but I'm very happy w/ the result.I strongly recommend read all the post from this site and good luck.
Paint Legend posted 06-15-2001 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paint Legend  Send Email to Paint Legend     
Good advice, if you need more info, check out
Interlux and US Paint's web sites. They provide good info on painting boats. Also get West Systems Fiberglass Repair Manual for fixing any blems, etc...

As far a stripping the interior let me give you the same advice that I got off this forum. Get the interior "soda blasted" It took a guy 3 hours to remove the multiple layers of paint on my old 13', money well spent.

Good luck,

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