Deck cracking, Fill and repair, advice
I have just purchased a 1965 Columbia 26, Its in good condition and ready to sail. The problem I have and need some advice in repairing is some wide spread hairline cracking in the gel coating on the deck surface and sitting area in the rear of the boat. Some of the cracking is causing small leaks into the cabin area. My first thought is to sand down the surface and then use a resent type of filler to resurface the areas. How would you guys recommend taking care of this issue?
Second what is the best way to paint a refinished area, Spray, Brush, Pad?
I am excited about the project and I don't mind the sweat equity. I grew up sailing off of Long Island and its been over 15 years since I have. I can wait until next spring to drop the new boat in the water.
Again thanks for any advice you guys can give.