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Old 05-12-2014, 10:23 AM   #41
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There's an equalizer re the poly v/s epoxy ...... paint.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:27 AM   #42
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There's an equalizer re the poly v/s epoxy ...... paint.
I guess you want to match the gel coat on your boat that', so paint the easy way, is out of the question. You can apply the gel coat with a foam roller. The process is almost the opposite of paint. Expect to sand the gel coat smooth and buff out. You will need to apply enough gel coat to do this and leave enough gel to provide years of protection. This is a boat I'm working on that was gel coated at Ladd's in Stockton. The process required grinding off the old gel coat with a 8" disk sander and applying several coats of gel coat followed by two weeks of sanding to flatten finish using progressively finer paper and then color sanding and buffing out. Applying gel coat like paint is a lot of work compared to paint. With paint the prep determines the finish, Gel coat is almost the opposite. We can argue the merits of gel coat versus paint. It really boils down to maintenance. Gel coat will out last paint if maintained, buffing once a year more with dark colors. Paint will require almost nothing more than washing for 10- 15 years.
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Old 05-13-2014, 11:30 AM   #43
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Thanks Scary. My boat is entirely painted with Brightside so there's no gel coat to match. My main concern at this point is to get the finish to be smooth. I'm not sure which way to go at this point. If I sand the surface smooth and apply Brightside, will I get a nice smooth finish or am I just not understanding the process correctly?
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:26 AM   #44
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If I sand the surface smooth and apply Brightside, will I get a nice smooth finish


You bet , IF the paint is installed properly.

Spray equipment might be best , but is beyond most owners.

ROLL AND TIP is the preferred method for owner painting. 2 folks required.

Just be sure to use a roller for epoxy or varnish (fewest bubbles) and a good $40+ varnish brush for the tip part.

Looks good from 1 foot , if you do it right.
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Thanks Scary. My boat is entirely painted with Brightside so there's no gel coat to match. My main concern at this point is to get the finish to be smooth. I'm not sure which way to go at this point. If I sand the surface smooth and apply Brightside, will I get a nice smooth finish or am I just not understanding the process correctly?
Two pack Interlux Snow White matches the white Brightside, but would be much longer-lasting, and not that much harder to do, in view of your relatively small area, using roll and tip as FF suggested. My front cabin roof had to be replaced just like yours, and was done that way, and looks as good as gel coat.
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Old 05-14-2014, 04:18 PM   #46
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primer

I would recomend two coats of primer. Sand glass with 180 grit prime sanding between coats with 220. Roll with foam roller and tip. Wipe glass with a damp cloth two check for shiny spots . prep is where its at with paint.
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Great. I think I'll take this approach. I've done a lot of rolling and tipping for the rest of the boat and was always impressed with the results.
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:03 AM   #48
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Remember if you are going on a cruise like the Loop , it would always be better to paint AFTER the trip is over.

Many of the Canadian locks are tiny and get filled to the brim with boats , that move from lock to lock like a set of stairs .

Not every 20 ft infill boat has fenders , has a rub rail, or gives a crap about your paint.
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:49 PM   #49
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Finished the last layer of glass today and started to work inside.

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Old 05-19-2014, 07:21 PM   #52
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Done with the sanding, first coat of primer.

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Greetings,
Mr. F. Looks pretty good from here.
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Very nice work!
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I just hope mine comes out as good, replacing starboard side slider window and wall right now, puting in a motion windows slider with built in screen.
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Greetings,
Mr. F. Looks really nice AND it's done!

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Not trying to be a Dic* but....non-skid and glare reduction?

It is beautiful work...but those 2 items would be nagging me.
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There was no non skid before and since it's an area nobody ever really walks on, I'll leave it as is. The few times we go in the front is to sit on the cabin to drink a glass of wine. Lol Glare reduction? Oh no, I worked very hard to get it really really shinny!
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There was no non skid before and since it's an area nobody ever really walks on, I'll leave it as is. The few times we go in the front is to sit on the cabin to drink a glass of wine. Lol Glare reduction? Oh no, I worked very hard to get it really really shinny!
I bet you did and it's a great job!!

Just those could be issues on my boat...good luck!
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