Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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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.