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Re: New paint on gel coat
Try to get the color code for the hull, major boat builders often uses standard gelcoat (colors), which all have some code. Then either buy small quantity of gelcoat with this color code, or even better a gelcoat filler with the same color code.
To mix the right color is very difficult. May look right in some light, but in another light it may stand out critically. To compare with a color map is better, but the gelcoat on the hull has oxided and faded, the new gelcoat may look different after some time. One way of improving this is to rub down an area of the hull and compare with that.
Painting the hull is usually more demanding than anticipated: when painting the hull must be much more fair then when varnishing. Some job in sanding, filling and fairing then.
Ofthen 2-component paints are used to hulls as these paints are more durable and doesn't wear down so fast; more glosy as well. 2-compenents are however much more difficult to use than 1-component (I usually fail). I have seen some 1-component jobs lasting 10 years or more, but they are seldom very glossy - not for long at least.
Remember that the hull is not so visible when in water, don't overdo the work on the hull.
Deck - rather easy to paint. One has to decide on what paint: brand, quality and color. I have used Interdeck anti-slip (1 component) on by deck, works better than I thought but needs repaint after some 5 years. 2 componenet has better durability, but you need to mix in some anti-slip in the last layer. Probably need to use some "matt" mix as well as 2 component paints usually are too glossy.
Color - don't go too dark (will be too hot), don't go too white (will hurt your eyes).
BTW: I would never use Interdeck again. Manufacturer has stopped producing the color I used (and like), and as said it is difficult to mix the right color again!
Last edited by Jaramaz; 09-28-2013 at 02:19 AM.