Originally Posted by koliver
As for the finish, is it good enough to be applied to the house, where the eye is brought to within a few inches of the surface regularly and frequently?
The finish is near perfect, not quite a spray finish, but very close.
It comes down to a few factors.
Surface prep - the smoother it is the better the finish.
Quality of paint - Awlgrip is with out a doubt the best. International perfection is a close second, but at half the price you cannot expect the same finish as awlgrip, although IMHO it is pretty close. Durability is pretty close also.
Tools and equipment - you need quality rollers, brushes, tack cloths, mixing pots, masking tape, fine line tape, etc
Skills - I am pretty good with a roller and brush, but I had my mate do the painting for me purely because he is better.
The right day - the temp needs to be right for the paint you are using. Too hot and it will not flow out to hide the brush strokes, too cold and it will dull off before it dries.
That's about it really.
But if you have gel coat that will still take a polish, go for that!