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Old 09-30-2010, 07:29 PM
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Repainting A Boat

I have a 1977 Mantra Jet Boat that needs a makeover. I have owned this boat for about 10 years and it has a BBC 396. I haven't had the boat in the water for about 3 years now because we bought a sea doo and the boat has just been neglected. I am wanting to get it ready for next year and have some painting questions. First question is, how would I go about painting the bottom? Do the boat shops support the boat on a frame and do all the work from underneath or do they turn the boat up side down and work on it from the top? How would I go about turning it over without causing more damage? Second question is, do I need to use a gel coat paint on it or can I use an automotive paint? What would you experienced people suggest? I don't have the money to have it painted so I would be doing the work myself and I enjoy it anyways. Thanks
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