I want to paint my rowing boat with gel-coat, but what primer should i use?

There is so much misinformation on the net about primer for gel-coat or not. I have a fibreglass boat and think gel-coat would be best as it will be launched from a pebble beach without a trailer. The boat had 3 layers of paint that was stripped to the primer and in areas back to gel-coat. Ideally it would be best

There is so much misinformation on the net about primer for gel-coat or not. I have a fibreglass boat and think gel-coat would be best as it will be launched from a pebble beach without a trailer. The boat had 3 layers of paint that was stripped to the primer and in areas back to gel-coat. Ideally it would be best to take it to the gel-coat but I cant get the primer off (even stripper wont get it off). I have sanded it smooth.

I have seen on youtube someone put a coat of fibreglass resin on the boat and then painted with gel-coat, would that be a good idea?

Best Answer:

baby at work: Gel-coat is simply pigmented resin with additives like wax that is applied directly over "clean" fiberglass. You might need to use Interlux 202 ( a solvent) to clean the hull after sanding, then apply the gel-coat (after adding hardner) directly to the hull.

Other answer:

baby at work:
Hello

If the surface is good you need to start with Etch Primer to give the Gel Coat a surface to stick to.
The Gel coat is then normally Painted with Anti Foul Paint. some people use a different colour for each coat. Others will use the same colour

Andy C

JetDoc:
Gel coat won't protect your hull from scratches any more than epoxy based paint will. My suggestion… Quit dragging it over the rocks to get it in and out of the water. GET A TRAILER, or build a dolly to roll it over the beach.
baby at work:
chips don't matter as I will just repair any damage, it's the adhesion for gel-coat to my part primer, part gel coated fiberglass boat I need help with. can I just gel coat?