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    What are you guys using?
    Do you or should the intake housing be removed?

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    I tried painting mine with epoxy years ago. It didn't adhere, got all scratched up and was a big mess after one season. Could've been bad prep, but rather than mess around, I gelcoated that one and the one I have now. I'm not much of a painter and it still turned out halfway decent.

    My intake was out of the boat, but you could tape around it. You'd want to be sure to clean out all the oil and/or grease though or the gelcoat won't ahere either.

    Do a search and I'm sure you'll come up with some examples of both painted and gelcoated bilges to check out.

    Some of these guys did amazing jobs gelcoating their bilges. Like this recent one for instance. watergun4u Floor redo

    Mine was plain jane but covered. It's great for clean up. Just hit it with some degreaser spray and wipe it out.

    Here's a before and after. Highly recommend gelcoat over paint.

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    X2 on the gelcoat. I did this one with the intake already installed. I just taped off around the epoxy putty.
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    I had zero painting experience with a paint gun. I used Prestec with a gel. Turned out alright. Not tough to do but I did it outside in the sun so i had an uneven finish. My fault not the process or product. I even painted over the epoxy around the intake. Still looks good. It's very durable. I would show you a pic but cannot move them from my build thread cuz i'm a 'tard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjoshua View Post
    I would show you a pic but cannot move them from my build thread
    Here ya go.

    gotta gullwing bilge thread

    and a photo.



    Oh yeah Josh.........ya owe me a dollar for thread/url and photo manipulation. I'll put it on your tab.
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    where you all get your gelcoat

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigblock68 View Post
    where you all get your gelcoat
    I've gotten gel @ a local place in Santa Moscow called Hastings Plastics, as well as an online place (in Florida I think) called US Composites.
    Here's US Composites' site: Epoxy :*Epoxy Resins and Hardeners
    There's another place in Ontario, Ca called Sherfab. Sher-Fab Unlimited Inc. Your First Choice For Composites

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    I used duratec mixed with clear gel thinned with a little acetone to spray out of a harbor freight hvlp. Came out great for a rookie. It was definitely easier to prep with the intake out so everything washed out easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    Here ya go.

    gotta gullwing bilge thread

    and a photo.



    Oh yeah Josh.........ya owe me a dollar for thread/url and photo manipulation. I'll put it on your tab.
    You have a big heart. Must be the season! Thanks man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    I've gotten gel @ a local place in Santa Moscow called Hastings Plastics, as well as an online place (in Florida I think) called US Composites.
    Here's US Composites' site: Epoxy :*Epoxy Resins and Hardeners
    There's another place in Ontario, Ca called Sherfab. Sher-Fab Unlimited Inc. Your First Choice For Composites
    Sher-fab in Ontario. They are up on boat stuff and how to do it right. From glass work to gel-coat they are the sh$t. Also will take the time to talk,inform and advise. M

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    Sher-fab is where i got mine. They will take the time to explain it, great people to work with. Good luck!

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    "Duratec" polyester colored resins work real nice.

    I did it with West Marine SeaGloss Pro Polyurethane coating. looks like resin when done. Flowed it in with a brush and roller!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 75 TX View Post
    I've gotten gel @ a local place in Santa Moscow called Hastings Plastics, as well as an online place (in Florida I think) called US Composites.
    Here's US Composites' site: Epoxy :*Epoxy Resins and Hardeners
    There's another place in Ontario, Ca called Sherfab. Sher-Fab Unlimited Inc. Your First Choice For Composites
    I used US Composites, and yes they are out of Florida, but the product is great to work with! Squirtcha, Thanks for the kind words!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watergun4u View Post
    I used US Composites, and yes they are out of Florida, but the product is great to work with! Squirtcha, Thanks for the kind words!
    Credit where credit is due. You did an amazing job with your ride.

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