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Re: Blue topsides
The darker you go, the more it will show.
That's actually why a really dark hull that is in Bristol condition looks so beautiful. Perfection.
I think you can keep a painted hull looking good for longer than you estimate. My last paint job looked almost new after 6 years and was only repainted due to storm damage. It was cared for very well.
I have been told, although can't swear it is true, that the increased hull temp from the darker colors will further cure and shrink the glass, at least on newer boats. That can cause ribs to print through and become very noticeable, after you paint. I will bet, if that is true, it either only applies to lower end hulls or depends on internal rib structure in the first place, but who knows.
I am going to assume on an older boat, that is moot. However, I've never noticed printing on a white boat, while I'm sure its there. One would want to fair the hull very well before painting a dark color, in any case.
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