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Paint vs vinyl – a look at the pros and cons

There comes a time in the life of a GRP boat when the gelcoat will no longer respond to polishing and you’re faced with the option of accepting a faded, dull, scratched, stained or chalky finish, or doing something about it.

As a boat owner, as a well as a yacht surveyor, i’ve been on the receiving end of quotes to respray the topsides and superstructure and have winced at the cost on more than one occasion, as well as pondering the time involved and the challenge of booking a slot in the yard’s spray facility that doesn’t eat into the sailing season. I’m usually inclined to think that there must be a better option, and come to thinking about whether i should use vinyl. This article looks at the pros and cons of vinyl vs painting:

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