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Re: Side paint
I'm told by those that painted my boat that Alexseal is much more forgiving to spray than Awlgrip. These two part paints are harder and more durable, but not indestructible. They will take fender rubbing better, but you will still want fleece covers.
An acrylic paint might be easier all around for a DIY. Softer, so will damage easier, but are easier to fix or buff out.
If paying someone else to paint, I would definitely use an LP. If DIY, it's a tough call, partly based on your skill.
A couple of other things to think about. A white hull hides minor imperfections, like dips or print through from glass bedding or internal structure. As soon as you put a dark color on there, you will see them all from 100 feet away. The hull really needs to be fared out entirely with lots of long board sanding.
Second minor thought, but I wouldn't let it stand in my way. Red is not the most popular color, although, it is desireable by many. Nevertheless, when you go to sell our boat, the potential buying pool is only going to be red boat lovers. Further, for your boat, you may find many that don't want to deal with the annual maintenance and expense of a painted hull.
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