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Re: Why paint topsides?

Fiberglass is translucent, gell coat or paint covers the fiberglass and light cannot penetrate. I only like sunshine through the windows not from the "walls"
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You are making assumptions that are not remotely close to reality. The vast majority of sailors in my part of the continent will NEVER take our boats to the scorching tropics...an in-white boat works fine.
Furthermore, the last time we drove our 'Inferno Red' Charger through the 100 plus degrees of the American desert, we enjoyed the drive just fine.

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Sorry, the computer self corrected. The above should read non white instead of in white.
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You could spray a boat in gelcoat...if your willing to take on the crazy amount of sanding to get a nice finish out of it. Only reason it looks nice on a new hull is the fact that it was sprayed on the inside of a mirror finish mold under controlled conditions. It can't be tipped out beautifully like 2 part urethane... you're going to have to sand, sand, sand if you want it pretty.

Truly, the nicest finish will come from a quality LPU paint...and it can be tipped out to near perfection with a little practice and properly thinned. Gelcoat lasts longer, but its a lot more work and not as nice looking as paint can be. But I still say maintain good gelcoat as long as you can.
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You are making assumptions that are not remotely close to reality. The vast majority of sailors in my part of the continent will NEVER take our boats to the scorching tropics...an in-white boat works fine.
Furthermore, the last time we drove our 'Inferno Red' Charger through the 100 plus degrees of the American desert, we enjoyed the drive just fine.
However I am and have been only speaking to living in and visiting the Humid Tropical area where I live not the Desert where if you hang your clothing on a line the first item may already be dry by the time you put the last item on the line. I live 365 days a year in a Tropical area where on a hot humid day things can take a long time to air dry.

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Re: Why paint topsides?

I live in Hawaii. My Cars are white and silver with light colored interiors. Much of the time don't use A/C. Not the case with a dark ezreioe and black interior.

Painted the boat a lightish blue gray for the top sides with an off white deck. Hasn't been bad for comfort. Didn't even consider dark blue or black for two reasons. Temperature gain was secondary to wear issues. Dark hulls show the dings and scratches of normal use and look way worse from fading than a light color. Still wasn't going to pay all that money to have the boat painted white. Would not recommend painting a boat if you can buff the gel coat out and restore an acceptable finish. Gel coat is way more abuse resistant than paint no matter what the color.
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