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JFM posted 08-21-2002 08:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for JFM   Send Email to JFM  
After my battle with Imron, knowing what I know now, I should have used gel coat!

Now the boat looks great, however I did more work than I ever thought I would.

I had some runs that were not fixable on the starboard side. So I re-sanded the whole side and re-sprayed with 3 coats.

The port side had a small run that I was able to get out but now I'll have to buff and wax. So I'll end up doing this to the over all paint job anyway.

The bow and stern turned out fine. I'm also very thankful the inside gel is good.

After this JOB I'll use gel coat from now on, or just buy a new boat:)
Regards, Jay

keltonkrew posted 08-21-2002 09:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for keltonkrew  Send Email to keltonkrew     
Thanks for the tip. I've been debating over painting or gel-coating my 13'. I've been leaning more towards the gel-coat for durability but was worried about the labor (more than painting). From your post, I'm assuming the prep work and finish are about equal.

I used to paint cars for a living, so the gel-coat can't be that difficult.

Thanks for the post on your experience.

JeffA posted 08-23-2002 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
I have been debating whether to paint or gel coat. I don't have any experience with spraying paint or gel coat. It seems to me that the Gel coat is the best for the long run. Are you saying that level of difficulty is the same for gel coating and paint? Also, can I apply gel coat over various fillers or is a primer of some sort needed? The previous owner made some repairs to the bow and spot painted.
JFM posted 08-23-2002 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     

The key is to find out what the repairs were made with, epoxy, gel coat, poly based,etc..
Then gather data on the paint or gel that you are thinking of using. Follow the prep work to a T.

Gel coat will be stronger than paint and more work than paint. That is if the paint goes right the first time.

Regards, Jay

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