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keltonkrew posted 08-14-2002 04:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for keltonkrew   Send Email to keltonkrew  
I posted in another forum about my recently aquired ulgy(according to my wife - I think it is neat!).

It currently has anti-fouling bottom paint (or 2/3's of it left on), and regular topside paint inside and out. I will have to do some hull repairs (minor, mainly holes where items were placed, etc - fix a previous repair on the bottom side - it is watertight, just doesn't look like a good smooth repair).

I want the hull (inside and out) to be white. I'm not going with the original blue inside.

Should I re-gelcoat or use Awlgrip, Interlux, Petit, etc. I want the boat to look good and last. It will be trailered to area lakes and Galveston Bay.

Thanks for the tips. I'm just getting started and plan on taking the boat apart in January (want to finish our fishing times down here). This is in advance, but I like to research, plan, read, etc before doing a project like this.

Cpt Quint posted 08-14-2002 04:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
Its an argument that has exhausted effort on this forum. Go back through the old threads and you will find much debate on this.

In a nutshell, gel is the best but 5+ times more expensive and very hard to do yourself.

Awlgrip is the highest quality paint, some others (2 mix) are good also.

You have to ask yourself how much time/$ you want to invest according to how much you originally paid and what your intended use is.

keltonkrew posted 08-14-2002 05:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
I like your answer. I'm a member on some other forums and I knew this was a "blow-up" question as each has his own opinion, true die-hard whalers, etc.

Your answer gave me the info I needed. I was looking to gel-coat, but if it is 5X expensive and much more time consuming, for my needs I doubt I'll go that route.

Looks like I'll go the Awglrip route since this will just be a reliable fishing boat.

AC posted 08-14-2002 06:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
If you go the Awlgrip route, Bennet Marine sells a videotape entitled "Brushing Awlgrip" for $19.95
David Jenkins posted 08-14-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
I think you may decrease the value of your boat by going with white in the interior. Plus, the paint will eventually be scratched or peel or have some other problem and the blue will show through. And the white may be more difficult to keep clean. If it were my boat, I'd stick with the blue.
AC posted 08-15-2002 11:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for AC  Send Email to AC     
Ditto. Keep it "classic" looking - keep the blue.
Cpt Quint posted 08-15-2002 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
www.uspaintco for awlgrip and they have been broken in from members of this forum....they have a custom whaler blue on file that they can produce at a gallon minimum order. thats enough to paint 3 interior 16's. about $275 but you can split the cost with buyers here.
JFM posted 08-15-2002 04:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
I like the availability of Imron over Awlgrip. Most local DuPont auto paint stores can mix Imron. Awlgrip has either dropped or lost most of there local dealers and much of their market share.

I used Awlgrip 12 years ago, but the outfit that sold it switched to Imron. I don't know if one is better than the other.

Regards, Jay

David Jenkins posted 08-15-2002 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Jay, How does it look after 12 years?
JFM posted 08-15-2002 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     

It's on my Chris Craft 47' Aqua Home 1969. It looks as good as the day it was painted. However, the boat has not been in the water for about 3-4 years.

Regards, Jay

soggy bottom boy posted 08-15-2002 10:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for soggy bottom boy  Send Email to soggy bottom boy     

Have never tried re-doing gel coat. Sounds intimidating, but I'm just starting this fix-your-boat hobby.

I can vouch for the durability of DuPont Imron. Had black w/clear coat on a '69 Olds 442 (W-30, by the way!) and it was 'bullet proof'. Don't think an amatuer can 'shoot Imron, requires some talent and a dry booth for a good job.


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