Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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Can vouch for both sides of this story. We bought our Soling in 1969. Twenty years later, when we sold it, you could still see your reflection in the gelcoat because of the careful polishing and waxing we'd done. Our current boat was awlgripped by the Previous Owners (possibly due to some "encounters" they had had with other boats or docks?). When their mediocre paint job started to look blotchy, we had it re-done. Prepping our 36 foot hull - which included fairing some areas, sounding others, and repairing subsurface delamination in spots - took 90% of the the three weeks she was in the paint shed. When I did the deck myself, same thing. Weeks to sand, wipe down with acetone or MEK, rinse, mask, prime, sand, wipe down with acetone or MEK, rinse, and then a day to paint the first topcoat. Then sand, wipe down, wash, and paint a second, and repeat for the third coat. Waiting for the weather can make having a shed worthwhile, too.