Gel over paint

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  1. convincor
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    convincor Junior Member

    I know you are not supposed to do it but what happens to the paint and gel if you do?
    I have some repairs to do on a customers boat that has had previous repairs and I am not sure if all the repairs were done with gel? This is a west coast boat with several colors and fades with clear gel on top.
     
  2. gonzo
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    It will depend on the paint under it. The problems would be: lack of proper adhesion and the paint lifting by the styrene in the gelcoat. Are you sure it is clear gel and not a clear coat of some kind?
     
  3. convincor
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    The original gel from the manufacture is clear gel. Most all west coast boat manufactures use clear gel in the mold. Also out of mold repairs.
     
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    Is there no clear gel over the repairs?
     
  6. convincor
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    There is clear over the previous repairs. I can not tell if they are paint or gel. That is the reason for my question.
     
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    That's a tough situation. Can you do the repair with paint?
     

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    I can but they want gel.
     
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