Originally Posted by Paintinfool3
Good to know information ... thanks..but i do not agree with the paint not adhering to gelcoat if properly prepared... i sanded my boat gelcoat down over 12 years ago and refinished it with imron and it never flaked or peeled ... cutting through the gelcoat opens up a whole can of worms because the hand laid glass in behind it tends to be full of pinholes and pits... if anything i would say it should be sanded with 220 or 320 and then epoxy primed prior to refinish. Working with new press molded fiberglass parts that are gelcoated on corvettes all the time is what i speak from experience on . As per their instructions you should maintain a minimum of 20 mils film thickness of gelcoat under primer for maximum holdout of the refinished surface .. just my 2 cents
I am not a painter nor will I ever be one, but when this oxidizing issue started on my EAGLE (within the first 3 months) I contacted 3 professional body restoration places that deal with gel coats and they all had the same thing to say.. once the oxidation process starts
you need to remove the gel coat, prep the fiberglass and then paint.
Interestingly enough, a few of them also said that the Clear Coat when used by the RV industry is not the top of the line clear coat, and what happened to my TT is an example of what happens when they opt for the cheaper clear coat. True or false, I have no clue.
When I contacted the JAYCO service center that did the work on our TT, I did not mention a word and they also do the same process. I have no clue as to what is the correct or wrong method, but in my investigation that is what I found. So, at the time, since they all use the same process, I figured that that is what has to be done to assure a quality finish that will last.
When I initially contacted Jayco, they also said the gel coat needed to be removed.
I guess time will tell, but I am VERY happy with the results, and the MUCH lighter and COOLER
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