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Old 09-25-2011, 09:03 AM   #1
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how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

I want to refinish my decks and can't tell if I'm looking at gelcoat or paint. How do you confirm?
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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

Put little paint remover on a spot?
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Old 09-26-2011, 04:20 AM   #3
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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

Look for cracks in gelcoat at high load areas.

Most paint stretches well so you wont find cracks at hi load points .
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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

The area is in the nonskid
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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

Does it really matter?

If it is gelcoat and you are doing repair you will have to sand it off to effect repair.

*If it is paint same thing you need to at least rough it up.

So I would just sand it off to where you know it is gelcoat and start from there.

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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

That's it Skipper...no more no less. It requires the same work process!

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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

It's not a matter of repair. I don't like the color (Carolina Blue) and it's faded. The nonskid areas of the deck are molded and sanding them really isn't an option. The question is about what I put back over them. If it's gel-coat I might have gel-coat reapplied if it's paint I will for sure repaint.
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RE: how to tell if gelcoat or paint?

"The question is about what I put back over them."

Falling on board (or worse) can cost days in intensive care.

TREADMASTER is the worldwide pro choice if you really want no skid.
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