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Old 03-10-2016, 12:54 AM   #1
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Color for 1992 Nimble Vagabond

Does anyone know how to locate the proper green gelcoat? I noticed that Nimble was not listed on the iboats link for manufacturers' gelcoat colors by year. I have a relatively flat area on the port bow of about 11"20" of cracked gelcoat damage--non structural.The two 6 inch cracks radiate out from the through hull fitting that drains the anchor rode locker. A fiberglass guy estimated about $2500---not me. I'll get a big sticker to cover it. Any ideas other than the sticker to find the right color? Maybe I should take a piece of the. cracked gelcoat and get it computer-matched for an automotive paint that would match fairly well.
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:32 AM   #2
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You will never match a old UV bleached colour . I think the sticker has some merit
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:29 AM   #3
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few hundred dollars for paint. While this method is not difficult, if you have 'the touch' it can turn out almost as good as spray.
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Although not the original green, I just had the hull on my Nimble Nomad done in Awlgrip Jade Mist Green. The painter at the yard had done several other hunter green hulls in this color and recommended it. Turned out beautiful!
I realize that you are not wanting to paint the entire hull but this can be applied by the roll and tip method also.If you have fiberglass damage, I would definitely get it repaired.
I had some pretty good gelcoat cracks and the painter applied a two part epoxy primer first and faired the hull.
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Thanks for the quick replies. That jade mist looks very similar to my buffed-out and waxed original gelcoat. Maybe a full paint job will come later. My wife would rather it be a pretty dark blue with white striping--crisp looking.
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:54 PM   #6
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If I had to guess, I would think the original was a hunter green. You might try the Nimble Nomad Face Book group too. I think the Vagabonds are pretty neat little boats.
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