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Gelcoat Hull Interior?

I have a 26' that I'm totally refurbing, the interior is torn out. I was thinking on keeping it barebones: 2 aft quarter bunks, stove, sink, head, chair w/ chart table that doubles for dining, the rest for storage and/or tankage.

To make it just a little bit nicer for me, I was wondering about gel coating the interior of the hull. I've been reading through 'This Old Boat' - and it seems achievable, but I suspect it reads easier than it is.

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Re: Gelcoat Hull Interior?

why not some nice paint?
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Re: Gelcoat Hull Interior?

You could spray LP or brush one part enamel in all lockers, and add insulation with ceiling boards to cover PRETTY
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Re: Gelcoat Hull Interior?

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why not some nice paint?
Paint won't really fair the surface, will it? Or are there some special paints out there that will work?
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You could spray LP or brush one part enamel in all lockers, and add insulation with ceiling boards to cover PRETTY
Sorry about my ignorance, but what is LP? Also, I wasn't going to insulate, I didn't see the point for what I'd like to be doing.
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Re: Gelcoat Hull Interior?

I've got news for you. Gelcoat isn't usually used to fair a surface either.
It is mostly a UV protective layer.
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Re: Gelcoat Hull Interior?

Some of the thicker marine interior paints will fair the interior surface to a degree.
I haven't tried them all so I know not which is best for that.
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Some of the thicker marine interior paints will fair the interior surface to a degree.
I haven't tried them all so I know not which is best for that.
Obviously I need to learn more about what I'm asking.

It sounds like I simply want to fair with thickened epoxy first, then paint - gelcoat is unnecessary.

Sorry to waste anyone's time, but I do learn a lot from you guys.

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Re: Gelcoat Hull Interior?

if you want to fair the interior glass, you are going to have to get really friendly with an orbital sander, tyvec suit and respirator...
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if you want to fair the interior glass, you are going to have to get really friendly with an orbital sander, tyvec suit and respirator...
I'm real friendly with 2 of the 3 already; throw-in a Tyvec suit and I'm already there from past days spent floor finishing.

...I'm starting to feel a bit better about this.

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