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How to Use Metal Flake in Gel Coat

Gel coat is a resin that is pigmented with color. The consistency of gel coat is very thick and is best applied with a spray gun. Metal flake is commonly used in clear gel coat for that “bass boat” look; … Continue reading

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Gel Coat Color Match Chart

Use the color chart below to determine how to tint your gel coat. Use the base color shown above and then add the corresponding gel coat tint (gel coat coloring agent) . For smaller repairs you should consider a gelcoat repair … Continue reading

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What is the difference in hard bottom paint and ablative bottom paint?

Hard Bottom Paint Vs. Ablative Bottom Paint Bottom paint is generally used to keep the growth off of the bottom of your boat. There are generally two types of bottom paint both of which have several variations that create a … Continue reading

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Bottom Paint Cross Reference Guide

Sea Hawk Paints can be applied over competitive brands Interlux and Pettit by simply sanding the existing bottom paint with 80 grit sandpaper and then applying the Sea Hawk bottom paint of choice. In addition, Sea Hawk gives a full … Continue reading

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Can you use water-based bottom paint over a marine epoxy primer?

Putting a water-based bottom paint  (WBP) over a solvent based primer can be done with some modified application procedures. You do NOT want to make the window, or hot coat the water based paint over the solvent based primer such … Continue reading

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Awlgrip Paint, the Best Topside Boat Paint

Awlgrip Topcoat is a polyester based high gloss polyurethane topcoat giving long lasting gloss and color retention. It is considered the among the best Topside Paints in the marine industry. AwlGrip Topcoat  may be applied by brush/roller or spray. For … Continue reading

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How do I know if my boat has gelcoat on it or paint?

Fiberglass is what is used as the base of the boat. These are the strands underneath the gelcoat that you typically do not see. (unless there is a gouge!) Over the fiberglass usually gelcoat is applied at the factory. If … Continue reading

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What is the Best Bottom Paint Money Can Buy?

For fiberglass boats, the best bottom paint is Biocop TF with Bioboost which is a bottom paint additive for extra algae protection. This provides you the absolute maximum protection against hard and soft growth on the bottom of your boat. … Continue reading

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Do you need bottom paint thinner?

Bottom Paint is formulated to apply via brush or rolller. Under these normal application methods, there is no need to thin bottom paint (reduce bottom paint). There are reducers for bottom paint, but these are used for spray applications, extremely … Continue reading

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How to Paint an Aluminum Jon Boat

Jon Boats are flat bottom boats manufactured for easy maneuverability in shallow water. The most used material for construction is aluminum, making them lightweight and durable for fishing and hunting. A camouflage paint job is a good idea for hunters … Continue reading

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