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Some of your post sounded entirely too familiar. I've been sailing 30+ years, and I make fewer mistakes now.
One of the things you've learned is, no procedure...painting, sealing, etc., is ever as simple as you think. There's something unforgiving about a boat, if things aren't done correctly. Wrong products, improper procedure, shortcuts?.....you will be PUNISHED.
I've brought a couple old fiberglass boats back to life. It was more difficult pre-internet. Just about anywhere you turned (West Marine!), somebody with no clue was willing to give you lousy advice. I wish I could have had this site as a resource when I was doing my restoration jobs. I'm certainly glad I can use the search function or ask a member about anything I want to do with my Catalina 309.
Nobody should criticize what you've done so far, because when you're new to old boats, there's really no knowing what you're up against. Now, you're way ahead of the game because you're aware of some basic boat rehab truths and know where to get the right advice the first time.
Keep the faith.