header logo

Go Back   Checkmate Community Boating Forums > Checkmate Discussion Forums > Overhaulin' > Gel Coat, Paint & Graphics
Portal Home Register Blogs FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Gel Coat, Paint & Graphics This forum is discussions such as, gelcoat maintenance and repair and maintenance, hull cleaning and waxing. As well as painting , and graphics dicussions.

Main Menu
Module Jump:
Google Search
Google
Latest Poll
July 2017's Boat of the Month Vote!
This poll is closed
I vote for "Jupiter Pulsare's" 2800SX! 6 23%
I vote for "Demag67's" Twin Outboard Convincor! 5 19%
I vote for "Tx91z28's" MX-15! 4 15%
I vote for "82Predictor's" Predictor! 11 42%
Voters: 26 100%
Notices

Welcome to the Checkmate Community Forums

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-17-2017, 07:53 AM   #1
Mbgt86
Wannabe
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Mbgt86 is on a distinguished road

Default Paint or gel coat??

Please excuse me if any of these questions come off obvious to anyone but I'm new to body work on boats. I've painted cars but I have to assume it's a totally different ball game. Maybe, ( hopefully ) not. So I have a 21' 1986 Starflite. Just all around totally faded, few gel coat cracks up on the bow. It's currently black with the red. What is the way to go? I'm looking for a shine. I don't mind cleaning and waxing etc.. it's going to be pulled every time. Is there special marine paint? Or can I just sand it down like a car, throw paint on, 5 coats of clear and go about it? I have full access to a paint booth and all the materials. I want to go to charcoal grey the whole thing. Top and bottom. Is there a different material below the rub rail? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Mbgt86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2017, 05:45 PM   #2
miller
Enchanter
 
miller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 155
Thanks: 2
Thanked 77 Times in 47 Posts
Rep Power: 78
miller will become famous soon enough

Default

Probably 15 years ago I wetsanded & clearcoated a 1981 Eluder with regular old DuPont Chromaclear. Still looks brand new today, my mom still owns it. This spring I wetsanded & clear coated my 251 with Nason....time will tell. Duponts hard to get anymore around here & ppg they say is reallllly hard. Afraid it not might take too well to traffic walkin across the deck. Got tired off Buffing & waxing just to be chalky again ina week. Gelcoat is more durable but more labor intensive to apply. Paint is usually shinier without all the cutting & buffing. IMHO. I grew up in a body shop....someone who works or specializes in boats would have better advice.
miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
gel coat or paint mouse4x4 Play To Win!! 4 05-22-2013 05:10 PM
Automotive paint with Clear Gel Coat? checkmatemaz Gel Coat, Paint & Graphics 19 07-20-2011 12:22 AM
do's and dont's for spraying gel ezflyer Gel Coat, Paint & Graphics 20 11-26-2010 01:08 AM
First-timer's Follies - Part I - Paint JSmitty Restoration Discussions 8 11-01-2010 08:49 PM
Gel Coat and Paint MateFever Gel Coat, Paint & Graphics 1 09-20-2009 01:41 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2002-2017 Checkmate-Boats.com & Whitecap Enterprises Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Images & Content are Copyright material and may not used without prior written permission.