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07-19-2014 05:28 PM
BoatyardBoy
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

Thanks, definitely better than I got it.. Just need to get it in the water!
07-18-2014 07:25 PM
christian.hess
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

yes its going to be! already looks better than when he bought it...
07-18-2014 06:16 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

Going to be??? Kaufman (both of them ) boats are some of the best looking boats out there.
07-18-2014 01:11 PM
christian.hess
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

awesome job man! that kaufman is going to be a real looker
07-17-2014 11:42 PM
BoatyardBoy
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

You just don't get the gloss and shine like awlgrip though... (: Just finished my boat last month.

And awlgrip is stronger than I ever tho, after the boat I race on, which has awlgrip, hit Port to port during a race with another boat, not a scratch, scuff, or crack. It wasn't a love tap either.






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07-17-2014 08:48 PM
hellosailor
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

tommy, of course your hull still looks marvelous. It knows that if it gives you any sass, you'll just sand it and strip it and give the hull something better to wear. (VBG)
07-17-2014 07:38 PM
tommays
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

I sail on a boat with over 20 year OLD white Awlgrip


At some point there is only one realistic path








So my paint that will only last 2 years is now UP TO FOUR YEARS and the gelcoat fans have yet to post a 30' size range boat with costs and labor

NEVER MIND the risk to A DIY of spraying that much material
07-16-2014 11:41 PM
shananchie
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

Here's another thought: One-part poly like Brightside.

I have a dark blue hull that had faded and chipped Awlgrip. I spent parts of three days in the yard prepping and painting with flag blue Brightside. That was two years ago.

Most of the hull still looks like the day it was painted, even though it is in the South Florida sun. I had a few minor scratches. No problem. They were fixed in an hour, unlike Awlgrip, which is difficult to patch properly.

Does it pass the test? I've had two yacht brokers offer unsolicited to list the boat for me in the last six months, at a time when other people are desperate to sell theirs. So I think it looks OK.

This is an old CCA boat with a full keel, one where you regularly come close to burying the rail. That has had no effect on the paint.

Sure, I might have to repaint in a couple of years. No big deal.

The important thing to remember is these are boats, not living room furniture. What's important is how they sail, not whether you can see your reflection in the topsides.

If you're getting the most out of your boat, it's not going to look like a museum piece.
07-16-2014 10:38 PM
deltaten
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

RichH;
was two diff questions.
sorry if confused.
07-16-2014 07:37 PM
sulli
Re: Why paint instead of gelcoat?

Quote:
Originally Posted by northoceanbeach View Post
How much do you think it costs to redo do the entire gel coat on a 26 foot sailboat?
ABOUT 25% the cost of painting and there is a lot of sanding either way.
With the gel coat wipe to remove wax and just sand the old for tooth (2 quick, dry 80 grit passes).
Then lay on 3 coats 1 1/2 hrs apart (temp variance), last coat with wax added or Dura-tech hi- gloss additive.
I will post photos of my P30 after its done, the weather has not been cooperating at all here in NJ.
I think Awlgrip requires more prep,more expensive products,is not repairable, paint once always paint. Just my humble opinion I may be wrong, just ask my wife.
Walt
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