Originally Posted by Besslb
Can you share more of the prep work part? How far did you sand and how to repair the dings?? Our PO painted the topsides without proper prepwork and the paint seriously needs redone.
My gelcoat is still in good condition with no crazing or spider cracks
The only dings to fill were from normal usage for a boat 27 years old. I wiped down the cokpit with a fiberglass wash made by Interlux. This removes any old wax and contaminates on the gelcoat. Then sanded down with 220 grit paper usinging a 5" orbital sander. I filled in any dings with an epoxy filler made by Interlux. Sanded everything smooth the next day. Applied a coat of 404 primer with a second coat over any filler or worn through gelcoat. Sanded down with 220. Lots of sanding disks were needed as this primer when dry is very HARD.
I did price out a professional paint job at around 35,000 dollars. With this the boat would look better then new. With me doing it material cost should be around $2500. As I'm in the open air and not in a sealed and headed painting booth my results would not be nearly as good with bugs, dust, etc settling on the paint. But is will be 100% better then it is now with easy clean up and not having to wax and buff.
As a side note one of big seabirds deceided to take a big dump on my new paint. Even after it had dried, needed only the water hose to wash it off. No scrubbing