boat fiberglass gelcoat and refinishing

Boat Fiberglass Gelcoat And Refinishing

by | Oct 4, 2012 | Custom Paint, Gallery, Restoration

Welcome to Palm Beach Customs! 

Today we will go over the boat fiberglass gel coat and refinishing services we provide and give you examples of our work on a 38′ Cigarette Top Gun restoration. 

That was a solid boat. But it needed updating with some fiberglass repairs on the top deck and removal of the center rail on the bow.

The Cigarette Top Gun Restoration

In the above picture, we removed the rub rails, and all screws and seams were filled with 3m 5200 marine sealer. How the cockpit and dash area are being prepped and ready for refinishing, you can see below:

We also spent a good amount of time prepping the engine compartment. We used Awlgrip on the inside of the engine compartment. The original gel coat finish was prepped and sanded. Then we wiped down with acetone for good adhesion.

People often are asking us:

Is it different performing boat fiberglass repair and refinishing compared to automobiles corvettes and metal refinishing? 

I say it’s similar. Once you get past the fiberglass repair with fiberglass resin and matt, it is basically the same. After bodywork and urethane primer, the same paints are used on the cars now as well as the boats. 

You will find the top boat manufacturers like Cigarette, Apache, Nor-Tech  Outer-limits, Donzi, and Magnum. They all use high-quality automotive primers and base coats along with high solid urethane clear coats. You will see below the cigarette was shot with 5 gallons of yellow lemon ice base to start the wild paint job.

Here we start applying graphics, including the Cigarette logos done in carbon fiber. Being in the auto restoration business since the early 1980s and restoring fleets of old cars, it sure is fun applying some magic tricks to the massive canvas.

Get Your Boat Serviced At Palm Beach Customs

So whether it is a simple boat fiberglass gel coat and refinishing repair you need or a new logo and boat design – we are here to help you in the SWFL Fort Myers area. 

Don’t hesitate to check out our other articles on the website and give us a call.

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