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Gelcoat? Paint?

I recently picked up a 8' fiberglass sailing dinghy and the paint was so bad it was all cracked, etc. I sanded/grinded all the paint and off and now have a few finishing questions:

Should I gelcoat or paint?
Can I gelcoat the whole boat with roller?

Those are the few questions I have, and I am sure I will have more when I get further into it!
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I think most people would agree that you are better off going with paint in this circumstance.
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If paint...what kind? Some polyurethane was given with the boat..use that?
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I'd suggest a two part mixed paint
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Great Deniseo30

have any suggestions?
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For an 8' sailing dinghy, I'd just go with a one-part polyurethane paint, like Brightsides and be done with it.
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I use Brightsides. I put about 6 coats on my 11 foot dinghy and it has held up well for over two years and counting.
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What if you have new fiberglass, as in a repair, several square feet. Would that be OK to paint as well, or should one go through the trouble of applying gelcoat, sanding, polishing?
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I used glass and epoxy resin. To paint it you just wash it with soap and water, wipe it down and paint. If you use a polyester resin you have to wait till it's fully cured, wipe it down with acetone to get rid of the wax that rises to the surface. Then you can paint. If you don't clean the surface first, the paint will eventually just peel off.
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