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Is this paint or gelcoat?
So, this is my first boat, and today I began the process of trying to get the hull stripped down to the gelcoat in preparation for barrier coating and antifouling paint. Starting with the rudder, I scraped off all the old blue bottom paint that I could, but was still left with a light blue surface when I got it all off. I then industriously set to work sanding off the rest of blue until one side of the rudder was nice and white. Upon taking a closer look at the other (still blue) side, however, it seems quite smooth and not much like the consistency of the bottom paint I was able to scrape off.
So now I'm wondering--is it possible that the lighter blue is actually the gelcoat and that I just sanded half of it off one side of my rudder? Is there such a thing as blue gelcoat??
Photos attached. (Left side of the rudder had some delamination and was just ground down in preparation for reglassing the area...)
Last edited by bamabratsche; 02-19-2012 at 08:39 PM.