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Old 04-15-2002
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I have a boat that was built in 1967 and it has been painted several times. first of all it is a fiberglass boat. Some of the paint is flaking and none of it was done very well. There are lots of brush marks in her. and in the past anything that was not flat was just painted over. I believe that the entire boat needs to be striped or sanded down maybe to the gel coat. what would be the best way to do this, and what would be the best way to re paint her or gel coat. I am wanting to re bed all deck hardware any way. but I would just soon do this one station at a time.
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If you''re not into chemical strippers or belt sanders (be careful not to gouge anything), I''ve heard that that blasting hulls with ground walnut shells removes paint without undue damage to the fiberglass. From what else I''ve heard, re-shooting gelcoat onto an exterior, vertical, surface is next to impossible -- paint apparently sags less and is less trouble to apply. Since you don''t want to do it again, 2-part polyurethane is the way to go. We repainted our deck four seasons ago, and are still happy with the way it looks. I learned enough doing that to not want to paint the topsides myself, though. Others in our harbor have had decent results,(using roller and brush) but not to the level that a professional can get with a spray.
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