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bhobbs posted 01-25-2002 11:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for bhobbs   Send Email to bhobbs  
I have a 1966 16 That has a very rough bottom. I have it flipped and the more paint I scrape the more repairs I find. Whoever did some of the repairs did not remove the blue bottom paint. I want to re-gelcoat and question is should I remove old repairs and paint under it before expoxy and glass repairs? I was suprised the repair adhered to paint but the exposed paint is a dog to remove even with peel away.
bhobbs posted 01-31-2002 07:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for bhobbs  Send Email to bhobbs     
No response before so lets add another question. Does anyone know someone in Baltimore, Washington, Eastern Shore areas that does a good job re-gelcoating. The entire hull needs to be done, or is this do able for a first timer?
LarrySherman posted 01-31-2002 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I would not bother with re-gelcoating. Very expensive. West system with barrier coat below the waterline, followed by a nice color epoxy bottom paint. Less money, eaiser to maintain.

Just my 2 cents.

Bob K posted 02-01-2002 01:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bob K  Send Email to Bob K     
Check the web site for CeramKote. It is a flexible ceramic which can be rolled, brushed or sprayed. Real tough stuff. Used on the bottom of Gulf work boats, Coast Guard vessels and the leading edge of F14s. Inexpensive?No. Good?Yes.
I used it on the bottom of my 60's 13'but made a mistake. I mixed it too long and the pot life was so short that I ended up with orange peel look. The good news is that it can be sanded and another application can be put on top.
Another hard earned lesson.
JimU posted 02-04-2002 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
I recently restored a 1971 16-7 and made repaire with West system Epoxy, painted with 5 coats o Interlux 2-part epoxy. The job is now approaching two years old and is n perfect condition. Am presetntly restoring wit my son a 1970 16-7 that we stripped the bottom paint with peel away. Found some gel coat blistering after stripping. Agree with you, even peel does not do a perfect job. My solution is to take the hull to a sand blaster and have it blasted with baking soda which is a mild medium. I have used this technique on other whalers and reported on it elsewhere in the forum and a brief piece was published in the classic Whaler news. Then fair with west system and paint with interlux or awl grip. Good luck, JIM
LarrySherman posted 02-04-2002 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     

Can you tell me more about the CRamKote products. I looked at their website, and it looks like a great product.

Have you used it?
What is the rough cost?
Would you consider it for topsides application (with UVA protection, ie, CThane200?)
What kind of longevity?

Thanks, Larry

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