Originally Posted by utchuckd
Isn't the OP's point if re-doing with gelcoat will last the rest of your life, why isn't it worth the extra labor one time to do that, instead of repainting every so many years? More labor once then you're done vs. less labor more times. Does re-applied gelcoat last as long as original gelcoat?
But gelcoat needs maintenance as well -- take a gander at MaineSail's thread on rejuvenating a faded/chalky gelcoat finish. Gelcoat will oxidize, fade, and degrade just as paint will.