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    black bottom side of ski, paint or Gel-coat ??

    Can anyone tell me 100% whether the black bottoms of our ski's are paint, paint / clear, or Gel-coat ??? Had an unplanned beaching and got a bunch of scratches I want to get fixed and need to know whats currently on there.. Thanks Chris.


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    Gelcoat

    Its a fiberglass hull layed up with gelcoat as the exterior surface.

    Want to come down and take my scratches out while your at it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomgtv View Post
    Its a fiberglass hull layed up with gelcoat as the exterior surface.

    Want to come down and take my scratches out while your at it?

    Thanks Tom.... You have no idea how pissed I am at myself.... I spend hours with plastic and phenolic scrapers taking the excess silicone off the bottom of my ski without so much as a single scratch,, then in one fell swoop I mangled it... But on the other hand I heard thats the first thing racers do with a new ski is run it up on the beach..

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    some scratches are good

    Actually some scratches are recommended in that it breaks up
    the surface tension on the bottom a little creating less hull drag.
    Sort of like how these Ultra's run better in a little chop versus
    glass like conditions.

    Just see if the scratches are really deep. On regular boats you
    get blisters and have the possibility of the water wicking up
    and down the hull. Usually that's for boats that stay in the water
    at a dock rather than these trailerable jetskis.

    Colorite makes the exact OEM match for the black. THey have a clear
    coat, but I don't think I'd use it, probably wouln't hurt.
    http://www.boatus.com/boattech/casey/02.htm here's one article from google search

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    Thanks Tom, I'm very aware of the perrils of boat ownership... A touch up pen aint gonna help the scratches I put in the bottom of my ultra. I have a buddy that works at a body shop that will re-spray the gel if I do the prep work...

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    Well, I thought the black bottoms of our hulls were paint, Tom said gel-coat and now somebody that does hull repairs says kawi is using paint... Anybody know 100% for sure what is on our ski's ??? Seadoocer ???

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    Color Rite

    Chris,
    Check out Color Rite website, as they have the exact color to match the hull.
    http://www.colorrite.com/CRPLfactory...imageField.y=5

    This is the right stuff as I have used it already to repair minor scratches on the bottom of my hull.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJRIVERRIDER View Post
    Chris,
    Check out Color Rite website, as they have the exact color to match the hull.
    http://www.colorrite.com/CRPLfactory...imageField.y=5

    This is the right stuff as I have used it already to repair minor scratches on the bottom of my hull.

    Steve
    Steve,, Thanks for the link to colorrite....

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    Can't gel-coat SMC, it's always painted, usually with nothing more than automotive enamel. Not nearly as durable as gel but a whole lot easier to repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom4416 View Post
    Can't gel-coat SMC, it's always painted, usually with nothing more than automotive enamel. Not nearly as durable as gel but a whole lot easier to repair.

    So are you saying the ultra 250 black bottoms are painted ???

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