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Re: How do I tell if I have gelcoat or paint
Most paints you should NOT use wax.
to tell is easy, scatch it in an obscure spot, and see if you can remove it. It'd require a deep scratch to remove gelcoat.
The perfection and awlgrip are 2 part epoxies, there are also 1 part epoxies (really enamel)... Brightsides is an example. Compounding/buffing is something you should NOT do to paints.... Waxing definitely NOT to be done to enamels (it'll remove the gloss portion of the paint)... Enamels won't last but 2-3 years (but is easy to add a coat to).
I used 4 quarts of red for my 25 footer. The stuff runs about $66 a quart. If you decide to do this yourself, and are just doing another layer of the same color.... it's clean, scuff, and paint (look up how to roll and tip). If you are changing colors for some reason, consider primer as well.
1 part epoxies are easier to do than 2 part ones, and the 2 part ones require LOTS of ventilation (outside)... also temperatures while doing it matter greatly. Every speck of dust gets caught in the paint, so it should be a non-windy outdoor day or a vacuumed indoor facility. My boat wasn't worth the money to pay someone to do it for me... and I didn't want to deal with the toxicity or cost of 2 part epoxies... so mine got enamel.. .but then my boat's on a trailer all winter, and inside at my house.
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