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Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

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We've got some pretty severe dock rash in our topsides (gel coat). Any tips on painting? No glass damage...

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Prime the edges that will get a coat of two part Perfection and the non skid with a coat of Kiwi Grip best stuff out there very easy to apply and loks,wares great..Jamestown dist has it now just pick your color...or tint it yourself but thy have nice selection...
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Why on earth would she have non skid on the topsides?

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I inherited a similar proplem when I bought my previous boat. The PO had been instructed to paint bottom paint up to the boot stripe... which he confused with the cove stripe. Yup bottom paint right up to the rail. Gotta love boat terminology.

Re: painting hull? Plan on spending a lot of time prepping. White will hide imperfections better than colors. OTOH, this is your chance to go nuts with a new color!

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Thanks all!

Yeah - been scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing down looking for that holy grail of no more blue chalky dust.

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Re: Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

I'm not really clear what the nature of the problem is... dock rash I would normally take to mean abrasion of the paint or gelcoat. Can you describe the damage in more detail or post a pic?

When you said gelcoat I assumed white, but now you mention blue dust. Blue would normally be
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Re: Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

A picture would help show the extent of the dock rash you are talking about.

The short answer is that paint is easier for most people to handle situations like this. Painted decks do need to be repainted more frequently than gelcoated surfaces though (approx. 10 years between repainting).
Repairing the gelcoat might be the best kind of repair but the skills involved prevent many of us from even attempting it.

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Re: Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

In my novice boat-painting state, I may have mis-spoken. I am SO just learning!

The top-sides are dark blue. The dock really banged them up, and through the scuffs and scratches, I can see several layers of paint. Underneath the dark blue is a robin's egg blue, then the white (which is the gel coat, right?).

The plan is to sand down the scuffed up areas, prime with Brightside Pre-Kote, sand down, then paint over with Brightside Sapphire Blue.

Does that sound like a reasonable plan that may work in a (hopefully awesome) way?

THANK YOU ALL FOR THE INPUT!

PS: She rode Sandy through at the 79th Street Boat Basin, on the Hudson River in Manhattan. It was rough - all the marinas clear up the river are still in recovery from the storm surge. Lot of damaged and missing boats - it was a nail biter night for everyone. I feel very lucky.
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Its sounds like a reasonable plan with the only issue being how well the many old layers of paint are doing

If it is a in various stages of random flaking its not such a good plan

If it is in solid condition its a good plan

If the gouges are deep it can be tricky to fill and fair them well enough to meet your aesthetic appearance goal

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Re: Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

If it's a Bristol, and the topsides are a very dark blue, they might be Awlgrip Flag Blue which is what Bristol would have used at the factory. The egg blue might be primer, over the gelcoat, which is white, yes.

On the other hand if the job was done by a PO, the paint could be Brightside.

In theory, you can only repair the damage with with the same paint.

What I would do in your situation is get some Awlgrip Flag Blue, and the matching Brightside, and brush them onto a couple of hard-to-see spots, and see if a) they match, and b) nothing horrendous happens, like peeling or bubbling.

Based on that, you can repair accordingly.

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