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    Default gel coat floors , top coat ?

    if the floors have been refinished in gel is it best to get the buffer and compound them and finish with polish or to top coat with prestec or duratec for a high gloss finish ?

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    Just curious could you post up a few pics of the floors / liner and does it have a non skid surface /Diamond pattern or ..................... smooth , and to tell you the truth depending on the boat ( what kind ) or the look you are looking for..................... i personnaly feel that buffing the floor with a compound would make it a weee bit slippery but that is your call .

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    Hondo runner bottom. Not the biggest fan.of the gel floors and maybe next winter i will strip them and refinish or do an overlay. Spoke to the shop that did the work and floors are solid. They look gloos in the pic but in person more a semigloss

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    Well with that in mind ( last post ) are you really sure you even want to fuck with it at this point in time considering you have already mentioned that you are thinking of re-doing the floors next winter , and why spend the X-Tra money if not needed because i think the floors look pretty nice but that is just my 2 cents which is ....three cents short of a nickel .

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    Thats the thing the pics make them pop. But they dont have near the gloss that the pic makes it look like. Also i think about redoing them but as things go it may never happen. Once i rig it i may not want to tear down again

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERV JR View Post
    Once i rig it i may not want to tear down again
    Food for thought ...................after you re-rig everything and after all is said and done ....................are you going to say WOW .....because maybe ..just maybe ............... it just might look better then you ever thought it would.. with everything installed considering there will be a whole lot of space covered that no one will ever see when it is re-rigged .

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    Food for thought ...................after you re-rig everything and after all is said and done ....................are you going to say WOW .....because maybe ..just maybe ............... it just might look better then you ever thought it would.. with everything installed considering there will be a whole lot of space covered that no one will ever see when it is re-rigged .
    I just may, but with that said I don't plan to make billet parts, and spend time on the mill, spray the block with 2 stage and polish and anaodize only to put it in with satin/semi gloss floors. So to get a shine do buff, or spray prestec ?

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    A couple things to consider...?
    1. If you decide to sand the floors & top coat (Duratec) is there enough gel coat on there to sand without sanding thru? Hopefully the shop that did the work used a quality gel coat as well. If not, it can look nice for a bit after rubbing out, only to have it get chalky later.
    2. My suggestion would be...if the floors are tight & flat, I'd sand them down, put a pinline to separate the black & red. Using a kolor that you may end up putting on the outside. Then flow over all of it. It would look very clean IMO.
    3. Based on your dads rides, I know what your wanting. With all the install work your going to do I think this would look nice. Now you could get really tricky & paint a faux wood on the floors to simulate real wood without adding all the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERV JR View Post
    So to get a shine do buff, or spray prestec ?
    To get a shine or spray Duratec / Prestec , and to tell you the truth there is no harm in trying to buff the area of concern although you just might want to try a small area at first to see how it looks and goes because it would be a shame to do the whole boat and decide THAT you should have sprayed it to begin with considering i can almost bet that there will be Compound everywhere because it will be contained to the inside of the boat . Top Coat , lets not forget that if you decide to Spray Prestec or Duratec you will have to prep the surface prior to application , and like mentioned above by Billy there is always that chance or possiibility of blow thru when prepping the floors for top coat because there was not enough ( Gel / mill's ) applied to the surface to begin with but if you decide to go ahead and spray Prestec now would be the time to do it considering you mentioned in a previous post that after everything is re-rigged that you just might not want to tear everything back out again to re-do the floors next winter .
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    Quick mention , that if you do decide to try buffing the floor i would mask off all colored edge's or any rounded radius , because a buffer can and will roll over a radius or edge causing blow thru .

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    I undersand burning thru on edges.1" tape to keep away and hand rub edges. What is the rec surface prep for prestec. #grit to get a good bite ? Also what tip size ? I belives its a heavy body product from what i read so a 1.8 orlarger or can i reduce it and spray witha a 1.5- 1.4 & have it flow out.like a HS clear ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERV JR View Post
    I undersand burning thru on edges.1" tape to keep away and hand rub edges. What is the rec surface prep for prestec. #grit to get a good bite ? Also what tip size ? I belives its a heavy body product from what i read so a 1.8 orlarger or can i reduce it and spray witha a 1.5- 1.4 & have it flow out.like a HS clear ?
    Personally in my opinion i would go with a bigger tip opposed to a 1.8 to spray that material ( 2.0 or higher is usally recomended for Gel ) considering i use tips that range from 2.2 - 2.5 - 2.8 to 3.0 depending on the size of the job and i would not recommend any other Grit of sandpaper higher then #220 like #320 and beyond , and just for $hits and giggles have you maybe thought of trying a product like Surf board resin for the floors Silmar #249 Clear poly surface board resin Polyester Resins scroll down to the product $38 a gallon .
    just a thought .
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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFSHORE GINGER View Post
    Personally in my opinion i would go with a bigger tip opposed to a 1.8 to spray that material ( 2.0 or higher is usally recomended for Gel ) considering i use tips that range from 2.2 - 2.5 - 2.8 to 3.0 depending on the size of the job and i would not recommend any other Grit of sandpaper higher then #220 like #320 and beyond , and just for $hits and giggles have you maybe thought of trying a product like Surf board resin for the floors Silmar #249 Clear poly surface board resin Polyester Resins scroll down to the product $38 a gallon .
    just a thought .
    I have a 2.5 gun I use for spraying polly, just thought I would be orange peel

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    In my opinion, I would just Prestec it and have a beautiful finish that will last many years and you will be proud of. If you have to buff it out to get gloss back chances are it wont be long before it dulls back again. If you prestec it, you wont have to worry about anything for years. And if you have to buff it in the future you will be buffing the clear coat and you will have no worries about burning through the original Red Gel. Also it should be a fast process

    Scuff surface with 220 grit sandpaper
    Clean all dust with rag and acetone
    Spray Prestec 27x6 15-20 mills (usually about 3-4 passes with a 2.5 tip)
    Walk away and enjoy your new shinny floors

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