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Old 05-14-2014, 03:37 AM
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Hey so I'm new to this all but just finishing up the interior on a 1984 mastercraft Stars and Stripes. Going to strip the paint off the hull soon and don't wanna mess up. I've only painted cars and trucks previously. Any tips? Paints, primers....anything I'll need.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:41 AM
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Ill be the first to tell you to NOT do that. Post pics of the boat, might just need gel coat correction.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:08 PM
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It seems like even though it's a lot of work, the paint is too far gone
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:18 PM
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It seems like even though it's a lot of work, the paint is too far gone
While that might be the case, there's been some amazing stories of gel coat (not paint!) recovery on this site. Definitely worth a little research prior to resorting to painting the hull, which is going to negatively affect the value of the boat in most people's eyes.

Nice boat, BTW!
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:32 PM
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It seems like even though it's a lot of work, the paint is too far gone
There is no paint on these boats from the factory. It is Gel Coat. Much thicker than paint and can be brought back. Start with some compound on a buffer and I think you will be very surprised at the results. There are several threads that go over this process. Do a quick search.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:34 PM
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Like the others said, do not paint that boat. There is no paint on an MC, fix the gel coat.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:42 PM
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Wet sanding, compounding, polishing and waxing the gelcoat will not be easy but it's easier and a lot cheaper than prepping and painting. Really the only reason to paint would be if you wanted different colors.
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:51 PM
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Alright thanks a bunch! I'll give it a shot. I wanted to keep the paint the same anyways but should I do something about the faded stars towards the front?
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:58 PM
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Alright thanks a bunch! I'll give it a shot. I wanted to keep the paint the same anyways but should I do something about the faded stars towards the front?
There is no paint it's a COLORED gel coat. Please understand this
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:08 PM
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It will take a dedicated effort to bring it back, but it will come back. I recentley did my 86. I started sanding with 800, 1000, 1200, 1500 and then compound and polish. Start on the transom and work through all grits and compounds. Go easy on corners. You probably wont get all the fade out were the decals are. Line the new ones up and you will never know.

Nice looking S&S.
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