I have a 1969 Pearson Wanderer that is badly spider cracking in the gel coat. Is a good paint the way to go or try to repair the entire gel coat? Whats the best paint alternative also. Thanks for any help, Jeff
I'd point you to this basic article on gelcoat cracking
and how to tell what it means that I wrote a while back. If the cracking is just crazing, then sanding, fairing and painting is a good solution. If it is caused by stress, reinforcing or repairing the area is a necessity before doing anything else.
If you have to repair the area, using epoxy instead of polyester or vinylester resin makes more sense, since it is often easier to use, especially for novices. You can gelcoat over epoxy, or you can paint it. In any case, it needs to be protected from UV by some sort of finish. Gelcoat will require less maintenance in the long run.
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