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Clam Hound posted 06-09-2002 04:05 PM ET (US)   Profile for Clam Hound   Send Email to Clam Hound  
I'm repainting my 13' '69 whaler hull, do I need to apply a gelcoat or just sand and spray?? Any suggestions on type of paint/gelcoat? Thanks.
dfmcintyre posted 06-10-2002 08:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Clam -

The paint vs gel issue appears from time to time here. Pros and cons on using either. Here it is in a nutshell:

Gel ends up thicker, so better in areas where wear, (think bottom up against a sand beach) is an issue. Downside is that it almost always has to be sanded, due to usually ending up drying into a nice orange peel. After sanding it needs to be buffed out.

Paint eliminates the sanding issue, for the most part, but it is thinner by nature.


Clam Hound posted 06-10-2002 02:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Clam Hound  Send Email to Clam Hound     
Thanks don.

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