Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Kona, Hawaii
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Re: Painting Deck and Cockpit....DIY or Pay?
Do everything you can not to paint the deck and cabin. I had to paint mine because of many holes from old, no longer installed equipment. The paint job came out great but hasn't stood up to everyday use of the boat. Many scratches and wear points in the paint that were shrugged off by the gelcoat for four decades have appeared. Had sheet bags in the cockpit that I left in place for a couple of months only to discover the paint had blistered underneath them. Now remove them after each sail. The blisters have shrunk but not disappeared.
Paint was two part industrial polyurethane not a marine paint but have heard of similar problems from Marine paint suppliers.