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painting a Fiberglas hull?


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03-26-08, 05:55 AM   #1  
painting a Fiberglas hull?

The hull is faded from 18 yrs. of use(bought used).
I'm thinking of painting it. Good idea,or bad??
Any hints as what to do?
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03-26-08, 08:33 AM   #2  
Been there, done that - and have seen numerous good and numerous bad jobs. The key is prep work - meticulous sanding of the gel coat followed by quality primer and paint - as well as stripping every piece of hardware on the hull prior to the work being done - inside and out. Two part epoxies are the products of choice in my book - sprayed on by a pro. A really good paint job on a 18 year old boat will cost more than the boat's blue book value - but will make the finish look like new.

Simply spraying on a coat of paint after some sanding will result in peeling/blotching/etc.... and as we say "It looks really good until you get 15 feet from it".......

A much cheaper possibility is to have it professionally buffed out and waxed.... You might be surprised at how good she looks afterward.

 
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03-26-08, 09:54 AM   #3  
Thanks thezter

That was the kind of info i was looking for.
I"ll Probably go with the buff and wax.

 
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03-26-08, 12:26 PM   #4  
I once had a neighbor that had a fiberglass boat. He did the repairs and most of the sanding and prep and I sprayed on an automotive finish. He sold the boat about 6 months later so I don't know how it held up long term. It was used in both fresh and salt water.

I agree that buff and wax is a better way to go - if/when that's an option.


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03-26-08, 01:06 PM   #5  
Thank you

 
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