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 Post subject: painting?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:09 pm 
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im in the process of buying a hobie when i find the right one but id like to paint the hulls and hard wear could i see some painted hobies please thanks all?

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 Post subject: Re: painting?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:29 pm 
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The paint may look decent initially, but rarely does it last. You're much better off looking for a boat that already has gelcoat in good condition and simply taking care to maintain the finish. I have boats that are over 20 years old and still have very nice finishes on the original gelcoat.

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 Post subject: Re: painting?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:02 pm 
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Yeah my 84 H18 still has the original gel coat. Of course I have made some repairs on the bottom due to beach wear but the gel coat does last. I was born in 83 and my hobie looks better than I do.

But you can paint the parts, like the boom rudders and crossbars. Because they are small they are easy to touch up or re-paint after each season.

Gel coat is fun to work with, there is an art to gel coat. I gel coat everything with the extra, like pencils bikes tools tables anything with in reach.

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 Post subject: Re: painting?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:14 pm 
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I painted a Hobie 16 with AwlGrip once. It looked really good. I can't tell you how long the paint lasted because after one summer I traded it in on a new 16.

I know the old 12 meters were AwlGrip painted and then wet sanded and polished. They however were never pulled up on a sand beach.

Someday I will refinish my 18 but it will be with a gelcoat.

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