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    cabin trunk gelcoat

    On the front of the trunk cabin, the gelcoat has worn through. Looks green-ish/grey-ish.
    Is there a pain, coating or technique that can be used to restore ?




    Thanks

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    Last edited by steven; 05-22-2019 at 10:04 AM.
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    Hi Steve,
    Is this the only area where the gelcoat has worn away, or are your pics just one of many areas that have worn?
    If it's only that area and the other gelcoat is still good, it would be a fairly easy fix. If it's worn and faded all over, then painting might be the easier solution. Let us know so the advice can be tailored to your needs.
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    A lot of us have painted our reverse transoms, which get a lot of sun over the years. The transom is forgiving of color variation from the gel coat because it's a separate plane.

    The issue everywhere else is that the color won't exactly match. That's true of gel coat or Awlgrip (which I used on the transom).

    However, you could always paint your coach roof in a frame of painter's tape, intentionally making the new-coated area a rectangle or ellipse or whatever you like.

    Then, in a fit of elegance, place in it the yacht name decal -- as if the area was intended for that all along.

    Also: some free-lance boat painters will paint the whole deck for not too much dough, right in the slip. I'd never take that on myself, but we have a guy here who has brought back many old boats to really shiny perfection.
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    it's just the fwd surface of the coach roof. The rest is fine.
    (Not clear why this went. Maybe northern exposure in the slip for multiple winters or something. But it appeared suddenly, that is, I only noticed it a few months ago.

    An easy fix would be great.

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    Can you tape off the area as Christian wrote and simply add gelcoat?
    If so, this is one of a series of (iirc) about 7 videos and all are worth watching:
    https://www.boatworkstoday.com/videos/applying-gelcoat/

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