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    what type of gelcoat should i use???

    can anybody give me some advice on Gelcoat??

    im going to make the hull of my MSX/Matrix red, and i would like to gel coat it. does anybody know if i can/should use "isophthalic spray gelcoat" or should i use "Clear epoxy gelocat" im not sure the epoxy is "sprayable" and i would have to add "colour pigment", as there products are "Clear" (i asume i cant use polymer gelcoat?)

    i could simply spray it with 2k paint, but gelcoat is harder/thicker IMO, plus no primering.

    can some one confirm that the MSX hull is SMC? if so i thought i should use epoxy based products only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spannerspencer View Post
    can anybody give me some advice on Gelcoat??

    im going to make the hull of my MSX/Matrix red, and i would like to gel coat it. does anybody know if i can/should use "isophthalic spray gelcoat" or should i use "Clear epoxy gelocat" im not sure the epoxy is "sprayable" and i would have to add "colour pigment", as there products are "Clear" (i asume i cant use polymer gelcoat?)

    i could simply spray it with 2k paint, but gelcoat is harder/thicker IMO, plus no primering.

    can some one confirm that the MSX hull is SMC? if so i thought i should use epoxy based products only.

    cheers

    spence
    I cant bring much to the table on these questions other than the extract below from the manual

    Hull Specifications
    MSX 110 MSX 150
    Hull Design Modified -- V Progressive Dihedral Stepped
    Hull Material / Process
    Fiberglass Reinforced Compound (FRC)


    Top Deck / Hull Repair
    The hull and top deck are manufactured using Fiberglass Reinforced Compound (FRC).
    Repair kits are available through Polaris Industries. Detailed instructions regarding material preparation, setup
    and cure times are included with each kit. However, sound knowledge of FRC repair is required when working
    with these kits. Polaris recommends that a dedicated marine--fiberglass repair facility inspect or be consulted
    with prior to attempting any repairs.

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    FRC.

    top man Kosh

    Gel coat makes fiberglass reinforced products
    attractive and practical. Technically, it is a surface
    coating of pigmented polyester resin which gels
    against the mold surface and cures with the structural
    laminate. It faithfully reproduces the mold surface,
    imparts color, and protects the reinforcing fibers from
    external elements.

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    This is what I used, sprayed it with the dump gun at the bottom of the page. you have to move fast!
    http://www.fiberglasssupply.com/Prod...FULf4AodlnMANw

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    I use Tamco's Duraflint 2 on all my jet ski's and boats that has to be redone, and is the toughest and most durable then any other paint and so easy to work with, its single stage, shoot and your done, when it cures it looks like glass, nothing is more durable then gel, but the Duraflint you will save so much time with it and looks so much better with less work. Do not go with any 2k on any PWC, it will not last like the Duraflint will

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    Don't use laminating gelcoat! Thats for laying up fiberglass. it stays sticky.. just saying.. buy the newest lot of gelcoat made for this summer 2013 . some places try to sell off the old stuff at a discount. go to a fiberglass repair supply house. you can also use a flattening agent(looks like clear gelcoat) that you can add to make the gelcoat flatten out like glass.. check out my painting thread.

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    Bought an 02 Virage with nice trailer for $400 because the owner thought he would gel coat with no EXP. and it turned out like this. Just saying is all, not to scare you but there is alot of Freedom with just using what I sudgested and there is alot more to it to Shooting Gel then Duraflint, there is alot of more bad ways to shooting Gel on the web than the right way, Plus if you screw up using gel it will take you 10 times longer to fix it then using duraflint, have an 05 FX HO that the keel needs repaired and its getting duraflint 2 on the lower end.

    the Pic of the Polaris

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    As I said Shoot it and your done, turns to glass. but durable as hell.

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