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I did the top sides (the hull) with perfection. I sanded to the gel coat and did two coats of perfection. This was in 2005, I believe the first year it was out. Still looks great. In fact, I get lots of comments on how great it looks.
Last year I did the deck. I faced the same questions you asked. I choose a small section of the deck an put the thinner recommended for perfection in this area. I waited more than an hour to see how the area reacted. When nothing happened. I pained a hatch cover. Waited a week. Nothing happened. So I did the rest of the boat. It looks great and have not had any problems.
When painting the hull, I rolled and a friend tipped, following directly behind me. His eyes were better and found the small areas that were missed. It made for a great paint job that shines with a high gloss to this day. It looks like it was sprayed on. Only a very close inspection would reveal that its a tip and roll job.
When I did the deck last year, I was alone. While the job looks great, it is not as good as the top sides.
One of the keys to doing a good job, is the thinning of the paint. To get this right when doing the hull, we practiced on the transom. Its a small area, easy to sand runs or orange peel out. When doing the deck, I used a hatch cover.
I, too, didnt know what the previous owner had done to the deck. I am not recommending you do what I did. Its just a description of how I approached the questions you face.
Good luck! Perfections is a great choice IMHO.