Gel coat

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by yakcam, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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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
     
  2. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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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
     
  3. Too Much Garlic

    Too Much Garlic Master Member

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    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...
     
  4. Radiation Gloves

    Radiation Gloves New Member

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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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  5. Coinprop

    Coinprop Well-Known Member

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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?.
     
  6. yakcam

    yakcam Sr Member

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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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