Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?
Originally Posted by aaronwindward
I guess I'm just built differently. If I had to repaint and rebed all deck hardware every other year, I would surely give up boat ownership—or face losing my job and going broke. It's not that I don't feel satisfaction from successfully performing maintenance on my boat. But every hour I'm performing maintenance on the boat, I'm burning my evening, weekend, or vacation, and not actually getting in any sailing.
My gelcoat has lasted 40 years; if a renewal lasted just as long, it may exceed the life of the boat, and my life expectancy, for that matter.
Having seen some video of people applying gelcoat over large areas, it doesn't really seem like it's really that crazy of a task, particularly when you compare it to something like repairing boat pox.
Nothing wrong with that at all!
Hey, I can paint and do boat work like it's nothing, but I am terrible at actually cruising anywhere (won't, don't). Know thyself I believe the saying goes...
Best of luck however you go!
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Last edited by chrisncate; 07-28-2012 at 06:45 PM.