Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: San Leandro California
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I hate painted boats
Okay, just got to vent. I do varnish for a living now adays. When I have a boat that is painted I cringe. You can't go near it with a heat gun and can't touch it with sand paper or you leave marks or burn or bubble the paint. Why do people paint good gelcoat. You just need to do the work and buff it out! Mainsail gave you the scoop. How the heck do you do your wood now. It's like sailing on ice, damm hard. Do you want to remove the wood before you varnish? Try it, it takes alot of time and most customers don't understand what's involved. I can do it but, it's a pita. My boat was all chalked out and I spent the time to bring the gel coat back and I don't have the worries that you painted boats have. I can drop something on it and it's not messed up, I can strip the old varnish off with a heat gun, no problem, sand when tapped not problem.Yea, it looks shiny but now your screwed. Just my opinion, and if you have a painted boat sorry.