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    I want to do this sometime in the future since I've done everything else to restore this 1994 Lavey. I'm just over the mid 90's pin stripped getup... To repaint this boat or re-gel coat it(not sure the exact process) what am I looking at for a simple all white, keeping the black dash as it is? Maybe some blue near the back but that's it. $$ wise is it worth it? I'm not rich lol....
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    May i suggest painting the boat opposed do re-doing it in gel coat for the pure fact that gel is a whole lot of x-tra work considering there are so many stages you will need to go thru..............just to reach the final finish.
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    Is the paint on top of the gel coat? So to repaint the boat you would have to sand off the paint and apply new paint? Or is there a layer of clear/gel that needs to be removed to get at the paint? I'm ignorant to the whole process...thanks!
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    Bonzen, I'm not sure I understand your question, but to make sure we're on the same page...

    Gel coat is a polyester resin type product that has a pigment and is sprayed on top of the fiberglass (really it is sprayed into the mold first, then the fiberglass is laid on top of the gel coat). As such it is much thicker than typical paint.

    If the gel coat is in good condition (i.e. no cracks), then you might be able to get away with a light sanding and a layer of paint. If there are cracks from flexing, then this needs to be corrected first, or the gel coat may be too thick. If it is too thick, it will only crack again.

    There are guys on here that have lots more experience than I at painting, but I saw you didn't have an answer and thought I could help a bit.

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    First off, if you are going to keep the boat for a while don't paint and clear. Just saying. And for those that paint/clear for a quick flip karma is a scabbed over peeling cunt in your future since you like to pass them on for money.
    New Gel, Awl Grip, or any other DOW product you read about (first consult your Doctor/body man) is reckomended.
    Plan on at least $4000 to $5000 for decent work (materials are spendy!) Forget about the blue splash unless the painter has some left overs to donate. Hope this helped.

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    And I have a thing for all white boats. Another poster said the other day that color choices say a lot about personality. My personality is "boat poor."
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    Quote Originally Posted by uniboarder View Post
    And I have a thing for all white boats. Another poster said the other day that color choices say a lot about personality. My personality is "boat poor."
    that white looks sharp shows of the lines of the hull and the craftsmanship that was put into the boat draws the eye very well I can only hope and wish that my boat will look as sharp as yours very well done and very pretty 2 thumbs up uniboarder

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    To tell you the truth my all time favorite color for a boat is White which actually is the cheapest color out there with red's being the most expensive .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonzen View Post
    Is the paint on top of the gel coat? So to repaint the boat you would have to sand off the paint and apply new paint? Or is there a layer of clear/gel that needs to be removed to get at the paint? I'm ignorant to the whole process...thanks!
    Yes most likely the paint is on top of the Gel because Gel is sprayed in the mold ( 1st ) prior to layup , and like any painted surface Gel or otherwise it will need to be prepped properly before any type of application .

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    Thanks for the replies/info guys. Still considering this. Looks like paint by a reputable shop would be the way to go.

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    sent you info you might want use my painter now in so calif does bitchen work for a really good price........


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