As seen in: All at Sea / July 2011
“Gelcoats are typically used only when you’re building a boat, where paints are used as a refinishing material. When you’re purchasing a fiberglass boat that was made on a production line, they’ll use gelcoat and they do that by applying the material in a mold. After it cures, you pop it out of the mold and you see the shiny gelcoat. If you’re dealing with custom built fiberglass, steel, wood or aluminum, they will typically be painted from the manufacturer. With these boats, as you’re trying to refinish them after they’ve aged for a while or if you just want to change the color, then the most cost-efficient way is to use a paint, primarily a two-part paint because it’s more durable than a single-part paint.