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Re: Need advice on painting
Agree with Tommay's: stick with gelcoat as long as possible. It's many times thicker than what you would use for paint, is easier to take care of and holds up much better. Painting is forever, as in : "If you paint once, you will be painting forever." If you do end up painting, go with a 2-part poly, as suggested. It looks good and lasts better than the one-part paints. The extensive prep work needed for good results is about the same for both one or two-part paints, and you will want to go through it as infrequently as possible. We tested one-part before painting our deck, and found it lasted about a week before dings, shoes and washing marred its surface beyond consideration. The two-part paint we used held up about 10 years, and now needs touch-ups in high-traffic/heavy chafe areas. Have fun sailing, not painting!