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Paint vs Gell coat.

Old 11-10-2007, 01:25 PM
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Default Paint vs Gell coat.

So one question that has been on my mind that I haven't really asked anyone about.. was.. about a years ago the guys who owned the boat I bought gave it a paint job.. bright white "Interlux Bright side" with Interlux bright side "Flag Blue" for the hull and a stirpe in the middle of the hull.

They did a fairly decent job.. I found one run about .5 of an inch long.. near the transom.. everything else looks very decent..

My question is ... is boat paint as good as gel coat.. I plan on a good clean and was in the spring and will probably not do much else to it for the rest of the season except for the odd wash at the slip.

is is as durable.. does it shine more either way...

Anyone have much experience with paint vs gel coat..

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Old 11-10-2007, 01:58 PM
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The draw back of paint is that if the paint is below the water line and the boat sits in the water, the paint won't hold up. It will eventualy blister. It is also not as easy to make small repairs from dock accidents and such.
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Old 11-10-2007, 08:42 PM
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Gelcoat is the best by far, as it is more durable for cleaning if the boat is left in the water. I had my boat painted about 10 years ago and trailer it. The paint is still good but If I left it in the water it wouldn't be for long. So do you want to trailer your boat or do you want to leave it in the water? That is the choice you have to make.
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It all depends on what you use for paint. I had an older Formula that had the Imron option, and it was tough as nails, never faded like gelcoat, and a touch-up (if needed) was a perfect match.
Any of the two-part polyurethanes are going to be very tough to beat in the marine environment. They're all we use in painting jet aircraft, and they hold up well for years with enormous temperature extremes, 500+mph speeds in precip, and high UV exposure. Personally, I would take a boat painted with DuPont Imron, Pratt & Lambert JetGlo, or AcryGlo over any straight color-in-the-gel boat. It's very expensive to paint anything (legally) with these products due to the enormous expense of th EPA equipment required, but it's worth the expense.
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Old 11-11-2007, 09:03 AM
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Paint is far superior when done right. Emron is good but the better paint shops are using better paints now. Gel coat is permeable. Gel coat boats that stay in the water along time are bottom painted. Bilges should never be gel coated.
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Old 11-11-2007, 02:23 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkSmith View Post
Bilges should never be gel coated.
I seen a lot of new boats with some sort of coating in the bilge. I always thought this was gel coat.

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