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Actually, re-gelcoating is possible - I have seen it done with beautiful results. A boat refinisher that I spoke to briefly said there were gel products available now that flowed well and did not orange peel badly as they did in the past.
I'm afraid I don't have any specifics but I'm sure you can track them down at any good fiberglass supplier or refinisher.
The first job I saw done this way was a 28ish foot power cruiser. Coincidentally, at the same time in the same yard a 40 foot sailboat was being refinished with Awlgrip. In my opinion the powerboat ended up looking better. The white gelcoat had a pearlescent quality to its gloss - a lower sheen while the Awlgrip had the usual mirror finish.
On the stands the Awlgrip looked better - like a show car but in the water the gelcoat looked better. The mirror finish of the Awlgrip reflected the surface ripples of the water so well that the boats finish looked wavy while the gelcoat looked the same in or out of the water.
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