I am looking at a '79 Cheetah 21' mini day-cruiser project boat. I have a bunch of questions about refinishing it, before committing to getting the boat. So, here it goes:
1.) I was curious what to spray the hull with? I've heard guys talk about painting them, but I always thought that spraying gel coat was better. Since it's already in gel coat, would I just sand it and top coat with new gel coat?
2.) Would I get away with hitting it with a DA with 120 followed by 220, hitting the nooks and crannies by hand?
3.) What product and how much? I was looking at Sea Hawk Gel Coat. I was thinking about two gallons of white and one gallon of red. I want to spray the entire exterior of the hull and the dash area, with a bit of two tone red added in. Have not decided on an exact pattern, but was thinking about 50/50 red and white up top and all white on the bottom, from the rub rail-down.
4.)Would I buy gel coat with the wax sanding additive, since I am just top coating existing gel coat?
5.) Any tips on spraying two tone gel coat? Seems like if you were to spray the entire hull in white, then mask and spray your second color, you might end up with a bit of a shelf in the gel coat. Do you need to clear over it all if you two tone it? I'm on the fence about this and may just shoot it all white!
6.) Can I get away with shooting gel coat with a 1.8 tip? I have a Devilbiss StartingLine gun that I use for Epoxy primer, etc. that I was hoping I could get away with using.
7.) For the trailer and pump, I was thinking of prepping and spraying them with a single stage urethane automotive paint. Yes/No?
I know that this is a LOT of questions! Any good resources to read up on the process or that show a good DIY or step by step process? Threads, other websites, etc?
Thanks so much for any help you guys can offer!