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Bottom paint over Gel Coat without Barrier Coat?
Here's a question which I'm sure may have been asked before: I spent last weekend trying to strip the old layers of bottom paint & barrier coat off my sailboat's 28' hull. What a job! I got to about 1/3 of the hull with a hook scraper when mu arms, shoulders & back ran out of strength. Some parts went right down to the gel coat where others went down to the barrier coat. My thinking is to sand everything smooth with an orbital sander, apply a few layers of anti-foul (no barrier coat) and put her in the (salt) water for the season. The gel coat, at least where I scraped down to it, appears to be sound. The intention would be to redo the hull in the fall when she's on the hard again. Would a season in the water have any detrimental effect on the gel coat if I do it this way?