I've derigged the old Merc from my Searider, in preparation for repowering in the next week or two. I have/will finish patching up some guage holes in the console which won't be used. I want to refinish the console top to improve the cosmetics. Also the interior of the transom where I've epoxied the holes from now two
Part of me wants to take the time and effort to sand, spray and sand gelcoat. Part of me wants to just quickly sand and spray some enamal paint on. Spray paint: >$10.00 and maybe an hour. Spraying gelcoat: $50? $60? 4-5 hours easily, possibly more. I've done plenty of structural glass work, but never gelcoat... might be a good opportunity to learn.
Boat is ex-mil (USCG), tubes are great, but cosmetically the hull is nothing special. Not bad for a 13 year old boat but hardly pristine, and that's okay! I've never even bothered to buff or wax the exterior. I'm not interested in doing a full restoration, just sprucing up a bit.
Which would you do?
Typing this, I think I just convinced myself to paint!