Gel coat

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yakcam

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My apologies for asking a silly question, but does gel coat need to be sealed with paint? I was showing one of my buddies my MOST treasured helmet and it's part painted and part raw black gel coat (it really suits the helmet) . He asked me if it will deteriorate without being sealed with a coat of paint. I looked really silly when I couldn't answer him. :$

Any help would be great :)

Thanks,

Kraig
 

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yakcam

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Anyone?

I know it's a boring post but I'd like to know if I', hurting my prop.

Thanks,

Kraig
 

Too Much Garlic

Master Member
I would be interested in knowing this as well. Don't worry, answers will come... just give it some time.

I'm no expert on gel-coat, but from what I have read it does not require a layer of paint on top of it. Gel-coat is, afaik, a surface treatment you use on fiberglass boats. Anyone who knows more can explain the details and whether I'm correct or completely off...
 
Originally posted by yakcam@Feb 3 2006, 08:57 AM
Anyone?

I know it's a boring post but I'd like to know if I', hurting my prop.

Thanks,

Kraig
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You're fine with it. Many GRP things are cast with just the gelcoat surface and it doesn't need paint. If you use a coloured gelcoat it gives you a much longer lansting finish than a painted surface (chips, scratches etc)

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Coinprop

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No problem. Gel coat IS a (kind of) sealer.
You can always buff up the surface, and it will be smooth as a baby butt.

Side note: Gel coat can also be sprayed on to a surface, so it can be used like paint.
On boats they apply it with a brush, and then sand it down (to fix damage'd parts)

Hope this helps?.
 

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yakcam

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PHEW...

Thanks for your replies, I very much appreciate it :)

Well, I can keep it as it is then, I love it to death, hate to change it, but would rather do that than lose it.

Cheers and thanks again,

Kraig
 

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