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Old 07-17-2017, 07:53 AM   #1
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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.
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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.
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