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  1. New Gel Coat - Painting Topside. Recommended Products? Tips?

    Gear & Maintenance
    Took on a major project. Bought a boat after it sustained fire damage from a neighboring boat. Fortunately my dad has a body shop and couple guys that have worked with fiberglass before. They're just about finished with that stage. Which means I'm ready to start planning for a new layer of gel...
  2. Deck Painting Project - Topside Paint & Compatible Primers

    Gear & Maintenance
    Third round of questions for this novice... I'm 2 days away from painting and have some concerns I need advice on before I screw something up. So far my prep work has consisted of filling all cracks and dings with epoxy, sanding those spots smooth, sanding down areas with excessive spider...
  3. Painting Deck & Topside using Spray Machine

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi all. I've had my heart set on painting my entire 29' ericson before I drop it in the water this coming month. All winter long I've been doing research on proper techniques and preparation. Research has been fruitless because all the "do it yourself" instructions out there are for painting by...
  4. New S2 7.9 owner, offer accepted.

    I have been a Catalina Owner (Capri 14.2, Capri 22, and Capri 25) for now must be 15 years. I've been VERY happy with the quality of those boats, and they've all sailed quite well. Our little lake sail club races every 2 weeks during the summer, and a couple charity races, and our "A" fleet is...
  5. Painting Cleats!

    Gear & Maintenance
    Does anyone have experience painting cleats? I have several cleats on my deck that were painted (original factory paint I assume) but are now scaling off. I'm assuming some of these original Pearson cleats are coated bronze. What paint holds up to rope friction?
  6. Painting Topsides -- Gnarly Hurricane Dock Rash

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi All-- We've got some pretty severe dock rash in our topsides (gel coat). Any tips on painting? No glass damage... Thanks!
  7. Cracking Inflatable Dingy

    Gear & Maintenance
    Any idea what to do for a dingy that has been weathered and is starting to feel cracked a bit and looking rough?