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    Quote Originally Posted by daretodream View Post

    You mentioned you were going to gel coat the hull. When I had the other Mandella done at B&KBoat Repair in Bellflower, CA (closed now) several years ago, Ken stronglyrecommended paint because gel coat has a tendency to crack. Your thoughts?
    Funny because I have always heard the opposite . Gell will flex some where paint will not . Eddie at Eddies Inboard Marine has redone dozens of boats in Gel and I have not seen or heard of any of them cracking . My 1966 Shortdeck was originally all yellow with black striping . When we restored it we danded the deck down and shot it white (like almost all Mandellas were) and blue striping . The yellow was it's original gel . After 50yrs it still had no cracking . Just a couple of tiny little chips on the bottom from hitting logs and such . Otherwise it was still perfect .

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzMandella1 View Post
    Funny because I have always heard the opposite . Gell will flex some where paint will not . Eddie at Eddies Inboard Marine has redone dozens of boats in Gel and I have not seen or heard of any of them cracking . My 1966 Shortdeck was originally all yellow with black striping . When we restored it we danded the deck down and shot it white (like almost all Mandellas were) and blue striping . The yellow was it's original gel . After 50yrs it still had no cracking . Just a couple of tiny little chips on the bottom from hitting logs and such . Otherwise it was still perfect .
    I was sold on paint, but this is good hear. Thanks for responding. Carson recommended a guy in Upland for gel coat when I worked on the other Mandella and I may have to visit his shop. Carson also recommended someone in Arizona to modify the bottom of the hull to support 800+ HP. I'll have to contact him also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daretodream View Post
    I was sold on paint, but this is good hear. Thanks for responding. Carson recommended a guy in Upland for gel coat when I worked on the other Mandella and I may have to visit his shop. Carson also recommended someone in Arizona to modify the bottom of the hull to support 800+ HP. I'll have to contact him also.
    That other person in Az is probably Eddies Inboard Marine . Eddie Sr was good friends with Lou Brummett and Carson and Eddie Jr do buisiness together quite a bit .

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    It wouldn't be me if I didn't respond...Both gel and automotive paint will flex. I use Billy B as a fine example...arguably the best out there...he uses all solvent based automotive urethane paint. It holds up very well. Now keep in mind that Billy's discriminate clientele take exceptional care of his end product. Gel coat is a finicky product...not the product itself...but application process. I have seen the best and I have seen the worst. Here lies the problem with gel coat. Color hold out and product applied to thick. Both issues need to be looked at. Gel applied to thick WILL crack..period..no ifs and's or but's. And I've seen some of the best out there deliver a product that does not produce color hold out over a long period of time.

    Here's, to me...the best of both worlds..now this is a highly held secret I believe. I have used water based color under clear gel coat...OH NO MR BILL...I can hear you now..So let me explain if you wish to read more..Duratec makes a gel product called Sunshield Clear. It's clear like water clear. Beautiful product. PROBLEM...it sands like concrete and buffs even harder...but in the end it's the best I've seen at gloss and color hold out. So the advantage is this. Tough product the will take bumps and bruises...but you can use a beautiful color under it. Best of both worlds. Just be prepared to work like a slave to get your shine flat and shiny.

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