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tbirdsey posted 03-04-2002 09:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for tbirdsey   Send Email to tbirdsey  
I made my first phone call today looking for someone to recoat my 1963 13' hull. I have done the prep - filling and sanding, etc. Ball park price without seeing the hull was $1500 - luckily I was sitting down. I'm interested to hear what others have paid for either painting or gelcoating. Thanks.
NEVER SCARED posted 03-05-2002 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    

Im not sure what the cost to gelcoat the whole boat but a tiny "Berkley powerbait" size jar is close to $20 dollars with tax! The $1500 is more than the hull is worth!!

Never scared

tbirdsey posted 03-05-2002 03:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
The $1500 was for labor to spray, sand, polish, buff, etc. If I had more time, I'd try to do it myself and may still if I can't find a reasonable number.

trainer posted 03-05-2002 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
I am paying less than $500 to have the inside of my 15 sport regelcoated and many small repairs done as well as one large repair(under bow) done. I did all the prep work of scraping old paint and sanding. I am waiting on an estimate for also re gelcoating the outside of the hull. I removed about 10 layers of bottom paint.
tbirdsey posted 03-06-2002 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
trainer, I'd be curious to hear what kind of price you get for exterior - I was ready to part with $500 for new gelcoat, but $1500 is twice what I paid for the hull and trailer.
browning20ga posted 03-06-2002 01:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
If you have the hull prepaired you've done the hard part. For a lot less than $1500 you can buy a compressor, spray gun, gel-coat, good resperator and a lot of supplies and work on it as time allows, I realize time is a problem for you, but it would be a fun project. Shooting the boat is fast and wet-sanding really goes pretty fast, buff it out, re-rig the boat and your fishing again.
tbirdsey posted 03-06-2002 02:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Second estimate; second case of sticker shock - also $1500, this from the guy in the area who is apparently specializing in gelcoat refinishing. Looks like its time to learn a new skill and turn the garage into a paint shop.

browning20ga, curious about your comment of doing it as time allows. I was under the impression it would have to be sprayed at one time - could you elaborate?

browning20ga posted 03-06-2002 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
Oh, I just ment that once you were ready to shoot the inside, it wouldn't take long to shoot, then after it dried and at a later date you could shoot the outside, or visa/versa. The actual spraying doesn't really take a long time, it takes longer to "mask" and "clean up" than it does to actually shoot. It boils down to which you have more of "time" or "$$$" and a proffesional job will probably be a little better than a do-it-yourself job would be. Are you doing a full restoration or just want to clean up your boat? Email me if you would like to know my rescent (and limited) experience. I've taken up enough room here with recent posts of my gel-coat experience.
Alan Hiccock posted 03-06-2002 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
Why dont you Algrip it?? with a boat this small you could apply the paintjob in a garage or outside with plastic or something.
Also believe it or not many people have had great results rolling & tipping method of painting boats which means you work with 2 people & the guy behind tips it with a quality brish after you roll .
shop around mon, you'll get a better price from someone, ask around marinas get someone to do it as a side job,
trainer posted 03-06-2002 09:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
The quote for the exterior is approx 3 hours additional labor (at $40) and another $50 for supplies. Also after I striped and sanded, more damage was reviled which added 1 hour and 30-50 $s to the total. So, I am looking at 9-10 hours and 200 materials. I am figuring $800 in the end, because it always costs more.
joem posted 03-07-2002 06:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for joem  Send Email to joem     
I just finished re-gel coating and repairing major structure in the interior. I also painted the exterior, with all the supplies it only cost $750.00 I have a old Sakonnet. Call down and talk to Don st mini-Craft in Fla. he has all the whaler colors it was very easy.


tbirdsey posted 03-07-2002 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbirdsey  Send Email to tbirdsey     
Alan: I'm just too much of a purist to paint the hull - what else can I say?
Pat Smith posted 03-08-2002 11:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for Pat Smith  Send Email to Pat Smith     
when you regelcoat the inside do you take all the hardware off or just some of it?
Alan Hiccock posted 03-08-2002 05:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Alan Hiccock  Send Email to Alan Hiccock     
I thought thats what most folk did when restoring boats, I'll be honest I always thought gellcoat was a by product of the mold so to speak & when it fades bad you HAD to paint them, show's you what I know because after reading all the replys I think I'm wrong.
I think in most cases algripped boats come out better the factory gelcoats, or atleast thats what I thought!
trainer posted 03-08-2002 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
pat - I took all hardware and all wood off of the boat. The motor is off, everything all the way including the norman pin. I have some photos, but have to get them into the computer (not digital at this time).

I had some people over to help turn the boat over after stripping the bottom paint and one guy (a nonproject guy according to his reaction) viewing the stripped whaler with nothing left on the hull and trying to wipe the fiberglass dust off his hands, looked like he thought I was wasting my time on this boat. Little does he know... My wife said that he looks like he never owned anything that was not brand new.

trainer posted 03-14-2002 08:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for trainer  Send Email to trainer     
Total price of new gelcoat on my 15 (tax included) was $774. Picked it up today. Looks good, I need to buff it out in 4 or five days. The whole boat has new gelcoat, it is a little light in color, they said that the color was whale bone.

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