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Speedfile, what a slick idea!
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Re: Topside makeover

Your gelcoat felt like sandpaper? What the heck happened to the boat? Did someone leave it moored in the Aral Sea too long?
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Re: Topside makeover

I'm glad that the PO of my boat did this before we bought her. With the exception of a few scratches and some chips, her 31 year old gelcoat is smooth as glass now! Looks like a lot of work..will be worth it in the end!
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Re: Topside makeover

Just did this, boy what a pain in the keester, except my gelcoat was a disaster, and someone painted the boat 10+ years ago (nicely, but it was wore out)...

Then (you'll note I was doing a bottom job too):

Getting better (coat 2).

Again, this gives a good contrast (coat 3):

This is where it stands now... I have some stuff to scrape off of my mess, and the topsides are wet-sanded, ready for the last coat:

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If you CAN... preserve the gelcoat, sand 80 grit/150/300/compound/polish/wax. Painting stinks squared. I would not recommend painting to my worst enemy... but that's just me.
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SloopJonB and jimgo like this.
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Kittiwake, if you want it email me and I'll send you the P-31 Logo/Flag graphic. You can take the file to a vinyls shop to cut new vinyl-decals. Email me at davidvincentuy [at] gmail [dot] com.
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shnool!! That looks awesome! Nice work.
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Kittiwake, if you want it email me and I'll send you the P-31 Logo/Flag graphic. You can take the file to a vinyls shop to cut new vinyl-decals. Email me at davidvincentuy [at] gmail [dot] com.
Thanks so much for the files!!
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Re: Topside makeover

Another shot of the graphics removed and some sanding


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Transom Graphics Removed.

Further evidence of the 'paint job' on the transom. This was the only part of the boat that had been painted.
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Re: Topside makeover

Pretty!!

If both side were like this I would not have painted but.....

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Here is the starboard side

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As you can see, the gel coat was thinner on this side for some reason. I sanded through in several places.
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