Re: Painting right over gelcoat, no sanding necessary
Absolutely.. there's never been a need to 'remove' gelcoat but it needs to be dewaxed and thoroughly cleaned - a scuff sanding will help but no need to grind it all off.
The crappy job is repainting over old paint - especially if you don't know what was used the first time. Then you've got to get the old paint and primer off without ruining the fairness of the original gelcoat underneath - difficult to do.
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