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I like the concept but I have my doubts on durablility of air dry vs two part systems. Epoxies, urethanes and such are extremely durable with their two part chemical reactions. I would like to find something like that Tuff coat but activated with a hardener. It would give a better filling and profile to an irregualr surface, I think.
 

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Looking forward to the finished result. I must admit I would like the finish to be smooth but am not sure how that could be achieved.
Maybe grind down to the glass then fair and prime with hi build primer. But then would have to paint it I guess
 

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I used Tuff coat on two skiffs. Not soft to the touch. Good non-skid. The rubber particles are ok to the feet and not too pleasant to your bare feet. The texture on Tuff Coat is what you get. Raptor was textured without the rubber soft to the touch and the texture can be aggressive or fine as you like depending on how it's applied. Two part plus color. You must have been itching like a hound dog after grinding all that fiber glass. Hope you were wearing a mask.
 
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I used Tuff coat on two skiffs. Not soft to the touch. Good non-skid. The rubber particles are ok to the feet and not too pleasant to your bare feet. The texture on Tuff Coat is what you get. Raptor was textured without the rubber soft to the touch and the texture can be aggressive or fine as you like depending on how it's applied. Two part plus color. You must have been itching like a hound dog after grinding all that fiber glass. Hope you were wearing a mask.
They make a skin barrier cream to prevent the itch as well as paper suits. I HATE grinding fiberglass.......
 

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I really wished Parker would not use that carpet/monkey fur. It’s nasty; and it’s subject to staining; and it’s just seems like a major health hazard. That’s why I went to PVC in my pilot house; I put half inch solid beaded PVC In my pilot house; and waterproof flooring on my pilot house wall where my door is. Given all the materials for PVC flooring, it really warmed up my cabin for style and look and utility.
This looks really great. Did you affix it with screws or how is it held in place? I’m assuming you just installed it over the carpet or did you remove the carpet first?

move got a lot of staining in mine and while it’s not a pressing concern it’s just one of those things that bugs me (along with Parker’s sloppy wiring).
 

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First coat of gelcoat. I’m on a roll. No really, 7” roller got most of it. I’m not a painter! Cutting in around the windows is my weakness, but it already is an improvement over the monkey fur.
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Minorcian Mullet your first coat looks good. FYI The window frames are really easy to remove. Front windows remove screws on inside and frame will fall off remove carper. Side windows pull rubber gasket on outside and remove screws and inside frame will fall. windows stay intact. when you are done put frames back with some Tef gel on screws for the dissimilar metals. Same goes for the hatch in cabin. The only windows I completely removed were the cabin port windows. They were also simple.
 
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Minorcian Mullet your first coat looks good. FYI The window frames are really easy to remove. Front windows remove screws on inside and frame will fall off remove carper. Side windows pull rubber gasket on outside and remove screws and inside frame will fall. windows stay intact. when you are done put frames back with some Tef gel on screws for the dissimilar metals. Same goes for the hatch in cabin. The only windows I completely removed were the cabin port windows. They were also simple.
Thanks. I was thinking of removing them this winter. I’m trying to get the boat back in the water asap. Thinngs do have away of snowballing though
 
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I thought I would add a few notes to this thread. as I am currently working on this exact project.

The prep work is key and it sucks... plan on 5 times the "demo and prep" time as the paint time. Chemical glue stipping didn't work well... 80 grit sand paper on a orbital sander worked for the most part. I also tried the grinder with a paint stripper head... it was tough... lots of patience and time... and maybe a few sanders if possible. wear a mask and goggles... its a mess.

I found this Gel Coat on Amazon for a fraction of the price of most others. It shipped with plenty of activator and even comes direct with color pigments. It is 100% perfect and worked without issue.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08L458P2C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2.5 gallons got the job done. I did a first coat with out wax and a top coat with wax. 2 gallons no wax, 1 with wax

at 1.8% ratio for the hardener at about 65-70 deg, I had 15 minutes work working time. Work in small batches. I would mix about 25oz and split it into two paint buckets and two of us would get it on the walls as quick as possible

I tried a few different roller heads, and decided that Thick nap, 4" with a thin center worked the best. Get LOTS of them. Because the Gel coat hardens at 15min... you need to swap to a new head with every batch.

Same for brushes. Just get the cheap ones and keep tossing used brushed and swapping to new ones.

I broke a lot of hardware getting it off or trying to put it back on... the bolts had issues. It is all 5/16x18 hardware, so I just grabbed a pile of 3/4" to 2" bolts with washers and nuts and swapped most of the hardware out as I put it back together. @ 20 cents a bolt... new hardware was 100% the right call. It looks way better and I can count of it not breaking soon.

Don't forget to silicone all of your hardware / holes before reassembling.
 
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