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09-25-2013 01:39 PM
jmurdock
Re: Boat paint, and color.

Bare with me as I am new to the maintenance aspect of boating. How can you tell if the hull has been painted or has a color gelcoat on it?
09-25-2013 11:47 AM
Thermophile
Re: Boat paint, and color.

A ton of great info! Thanks everyone.
09-24-2013 07:15 PM
tommays
Re: Boat paint, and color.










I don't know were your starting point is BUT paint is a last resort and i have no regret even with the massive amount of work it took as i was well past any reasonable restore of the gel


Gelcoat on a big boat is and even MORE MASSIVE amount of work as all that shine comes from wet-sanding and buffing
09-24-2013 03:58 PM
jimgo
Re: Boat paint, and color.

Here are some examples of what we're talking about:

Dock Rash: (from bumpers and fingers/piers rubbing against the hull)





Peeling/blistering paint:


Click on any of the pictures for larger versions. The peeling one is kind of hard to see until you look near the bow and under the rub rail.
09-24-2013 03:52 PM
jimgo
Re: Boat paint, and color.

As you can see from George's post, there are advantages and disadvantages to anything. Most people go with white gelcoat hulls because they are easy to maintain and cooler in the summertime. Also, not all manufacturers let you order the boat with a colored hull.

All that being said, I do agree with George that the colored hull is sharp. I don't think that, if my next boat had a painted hull, I would let that stop me from buying her. But, in hindsight, I think a white hull with a nice bootstripe and pinstriping (or whatever it's called under the rub rail) and sharp canvas can look pretty good, too, and the maintenance would be less of a problem.
09-24-2013 03:32 PM
GeorgeB
Re: Boat paint, and color.

The pigments in colored gelcote are notoriously susceptible to sun fading and oxidation. These hulls need a lot of polishing and waxing to stay nice. You have many more color options if you use an epoxy paint such as Awlgrip. You can epoxy paint at any time (unlike gelcote pigments). Like any painting project, this requires a lot of prep work and access to a spray booth for that mirror finish. And, as said before, the paint is subject to scratches (the white will show through) and the mars and rubs encountered at the dock. You will not have much success buffing out at “problem” on an epoxy painted hull. On the other hand, there isn’t anything as pretty as a dark blue hull (with the possible exception of a dark red one).
09-24-2013 03:06 PM
Thermophile
Re: Boat paint, and color.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
My boat has a painted hull and bottom. She previously had a white hull, but now it is a dark green. The problem with paint is that it requires periodic maintenance. I can't tell you how long ago my hull was painted, but I suspect it was 5 to 10 years ago. There are blisters, and places where the paint is clearly needing to be refinished. I have read many times, and have now seen firsthand, that once you paint, you can't go back. I love the look of the green hull, but if I were doing it over again, I would probably investigate having a colored gelcoat put on top instead. Now that we have paint, the only thing to do is continue painting.
So can you only get the colored gelcoating done when thr boat is new orrr?
09-24-2013 02:40 PM
Thermophile
Re: Boat paint, and color.

Siri is a pervert.
09-24-2013 02:34 PM
jimgo
Re: Boat paint, and color.

Sorry, I edited it. I had dictated the response using Siri (I was waiting for my son's schoolbus as a surprise to him), and clearly Siri doesn't appreciate the linguistic nuances of my voice enough to understand that I'm saying hull, not hole.
09-24-2013 01:44 PM
Thermophile
Re: Boat paint, and color.

Do hole and hull mean something different? Is there a lingobrefference guide i could read? Lol
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