That means you’ll be spending around $8,000 for a 15-foot vessel, but be prepared that the price can vary significantly. On the other hand, you can choose to pay re-gelcoat per hour. In this case, you should expect to pay $75 to $110 per hour. This price includes both material and labor costs.
Regularly waxed gelcoat can retain its shine for 15 years or more. The primary purpose of a coat of wax is protection, but wax also has restorative properties if the gelcoat is not too badly weathered.
Can you spray gelcoat over gelcoat? The short answer is yes. But first, make sure the surface is free of dirt and debris. Using the window frame analogy again, you wouldn’t put new paint on top of old paint without prepping the surface.
Gelcoat cannot adhere to a painted surface, so it is important to identify the boat’s finish before beginning the repair. For boats that already have a gelcoat, fiberglass or polyester resin finish, no additional steps are required prior to repair. Painted boats must be stripped before applying the gelcoat.
To restore the colour, shine and appearance of your boat, choose a gelcoat conditioner. Suitable for glass fiber (GRP) gelcoats, gelcoat restorers can help create long-lasting effects by wetting the pigment to restore a strong and vibrant color and shine.
However, most experts will recommend that most boats should be waxed every three or four months. This is generally for people who use their boats more frequently and leave them outside where the sun could damage them.
We recommend 1.5% – 2.0% by volume. The ideal range is 1.8% at 77°F (approximately 12 drops per ounce of gelcoat). If the gelcoat doesn’t get enough catalyst, it won’t “knock out” or start to harden.
No sanding between coats is required unless a surfactant has been added to your gelcoat. Once your repair is covered, apply a “flow” or sanding coat to the covered area, making layered transitions to avoid gelcoat buildup in one area. Each of these layers of gelcoat can consist of several passes.
The main causes are: Resin swelling due to water diffusion. waves and rigging loads. Direct sunlight or thermal shock on darker gelcoat can cause warping, delamination and blistering.
So if you’re working professionally, you might be billed around $300-$500 per foot for the whole process. One-third of the cost is for materials, and the remaining two-thirds is for labor. For example, on a 16 foot boat, be prepared to spend around $8,000 on the Re-Gel coating.
Having the top professionally painted will cost you $100 to $400 per linear foot. However, the average price is often $200-$250 per foot for an undamaged boat, especially if you choose an inferior paint. For example, for an average 20 foot (6 m) long ship, you will have to set aside an average of $4,000 to $5,000.
Wait at least 20 minutes between applications to allow the gelcoat to air dry. You may need to reapply gelcoat more than 5 times to get excellent results. If you are using a foam brush or roller to apply the gelcoat, you must do so in short vertical strokes for best results.