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Old 18 May 2011, 13:56   #1
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Gel Coat question

Not being versed in the secrets and skills of gel coat ..
If I wanted to take two white jockey seats and turn them into Yellow (RAL1014) jockey seats,
can they be re gel coated or is it more involved than that?

Anyone in the know tell me what I could expect to pay to have two single jockey seats gel coated into yellow?

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Old 18 May 2011, 14:02   #2
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The gel coat is applied to the mould before the grp is applied, that's why you get a nice shiny finish. To have them re-coated would probably involve the gelcoat being applied by brush/spray. You wouldn't get the finish that you have now.
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damn...
I could get two that are the perfect size/fit etc good second hand ones, for the price of one new one in the right colour.
Not sure about painting them... wouldn't take long for them to get marked.
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also note that gelcoat is first coat in a mould then glass fibre applied, it dries with no contact with the air, so if just painted on it would never dry properly but have a tacky feel to it, what you need is FLOCOAT, as it has a wax added to it which rises to the top and drys hard as it "seals" the resin
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I've painted my hull with 2 part epoxy paint. I got a nice gloss finish, and it has held up really well for three years... at least.

Give the existing seats a light sanding first... Should work fine.
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also note that gelcoat is first coat in a mould then glass fibre applied, it dries with no contact with the air, so if just painted on it would never dry properly but have a tacky feel to it, what you need is FLOCOAT, as it has a wax added to it which rises to the top and drys hard as it "seals" the resin
so ... again pardon my ignorance ...
will Flocoat give me the same finish as the exisiting one on the seat bases?
Is it resistant to minor scuffs and bumps like the gelcoat?
The thing that deters me about painting would be the likelyhood of the paint
becoming easily scratched chipped and marked, then the underlying white gel coat coming through?

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there's lots of bits of information in the last threads that are nearly right, firstly you can add wax to gell and it won't dry sticky, you can also wipe the sticky off with acetone, you can colour up your pods with gell either sprayed or brushed but you will need to flat and polish it afterwards, you will also probaly rub through it somewhere unless you are really careful.
you could paint them with awlgrip or two pack paint, not as tough as gell but awlgrip is pretty close.
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