Gel coat Question

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by Jeff Intermesoli, Jan 18, 2023.

  1. Jeff Intermesoli

    Jeff Intermesoli New Member

    Mar 29, 2021
    2003 320 Sun Dancer
    350 Horizons
    I’m guessing I need a quart of Gel Coat to spray the repair I have in the works.

    Called local Marine max and they have my spectrum color in stock. $244 quart.

    I see online Total Boat sells a white quart for $40.

    Anyone have any luck mixes to color match the artic White Sea ray color ? Seems like a huge cost difference just for the color.

  2. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    12.5kw Genset
    You get what you pay for. Mixing gelcoat color is not for the faint of heart and will cost you more then that to get all of the pigment needed to get there.

    If you don't want to use gelcoat, look at Awlgrip. Thats easy to match, but with all that is needed may end up costing more.
  3. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    1998 370 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI
    Spend the extra $200. It’s a boat. :)
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  4. jmcdboater

    jmcdboater Active Member

    May 28, 2022
    Stockton, CA
    1988 300 DA Sundancer
    Vessel JIM’N’I IV
    Twin 5.7L Mercs w/Alpha One Drives
    Koehler KVA 4 Genset
    +1 here…..You have some extra bucks for entertainment (boat love) or you wouldn’t be here.

    Now, imagine the repair is done, you’ve sprayed the $40 junk….it looks awful, really awful ‘cause it doesn’t match. You see it every time you look around your baby, you see it in your dreams at night, you see it in your mind’s eye every spare moment of your day……’ll end up doing it right the second time anyway, so why not save yourself all that that other stress?!?
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  5. Bill Curtis

    Bill Curtis Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2022
    Ahoskie, NC
    '95 220 Overnighter
    454 Mag Bravo3
    I guess I had different luck than others. I used the gelcoat kit on my Chaparral 2550 about 10 years ago on a big chip someone put in my boat when they backed into it while she was tied up.

    I guess the secret is proper preparation / repair of ding and using very little tint at a time, until it is a match.

    After patch was done (properly), it was only visible if you knew exactly where to look and only in the right light.
  6. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2014 Cobalt R5
    Volvo Penta V8-300 DP
  7. Wanderer 290

    Wanderer 290 Well-Known Member

    Jul 1, 2019
    Traverse City
    01 sea ray 290 sundancer
    Twin 5.7 b3’s
    I bought a 2oz container of paste from spectrum that perfectly matched the gel coat on my sea Ray.

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