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  1. A good spar varnish would work well. Take a look at our Totalboat Gleam which is a regular solvent based spar varnish, also the Totalboat Halcyon varnish which is a water based varnish that is very durable.
  2. Collinite Metal Wax 850 works well to clean and protect metals like brass and bronze. Here's the product description: Collinite's easy to use liquid metal wax cleans and protects chrome, aluminum, copper, brass and stainless steel in one easy step. #850 will safely remove rust and salt deposits while protecting marine fittings/accessories and car, truck, and motorcycle metal finishes. Revive rusted, faded, and tarnished metal. Unique formula removes discolaration and oxidation without harsh acids or alkili. Surfaces treated with Metal Wax are left with a great shine and a protective coating that resists stains and weathering.
  3. It only comes in one grit now, fine.
  4. Unfortunately paint removers will need to be at 70 or above to work well. Have you looked into soda blasting?
  5. Interlux Brightside Blue Glow White #4259 is a bright white with a little hint of blue, but it is white.
  6. That is a rubberized primer, not sure how it will work on gel-coat. Here is the number for Pettit: 800-221-4466.
  7. Technically you need to spray only with Awlcraft. If you are only doing doing a real small area you can try to roll it with a foam roller and see how it comes out.
  8. I would spray the areas without non-skid first. Let that cure at least 5 to 7 days. Then tape off the areas to had non skid applied and do that.
  9. You will need to remove any loose clean thoroughly to remove any dirt, oil, grease or contaminants, then dry completely. If the bare aluminum has a dull, oxidized look, use 220-grit to sand until shiny, remove sanding residue, wipe with denatured alcohol or use TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Etch Wash as directed, and allow to dry completely before immediately applying TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Paint. If the paint is adhered well, you don't need to remove it all.
  10. Once it is sanded bright and cleaned, you can use Totalboat Aluminum Etch wash, brush on let sit for 5 minutes and hose off with water. Let that dry then apply 2 to 3 coats of TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Topside Paint. If there aren't any colors in that paint that you like, you could apply a coat or two of TotalBoat Aluminum Boat Barrier Coat Primer, and then 2 to 3 thin coats of a topside paint like Totalboat Wet Edge if the boat doesn't stay in the water more than a day or two. If it is, then use a bottom paint below the waterline.
  11. If you put a topside paint below the waterline and keep it in the water 3 days it may begin to blister. I'd suggest using a bottom paint below the waterline like Totalboat Krypton.
  12. Tom, Here is a link: https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/document.do?docId=1141&title=Gelcoat+Application+and+Catalyst+Data For what you are doing I would go a few drops less. Thanks
  13. If the boat is going to be in the water more than a day or 2 you will need to use a bottom paint from the waterline down. If not you can use the same topside paint. The topside paint is used for the inside also. Look at our Wet Edge Topside Paint. If you need bottom paint let me know how you will use the boat and what type of water it will be in, fresh, salt, brackish and I can make some suggestions.
  14. That usually happens if the gel-coat is over catalyzed causing it to harden up too fast and pull away from the mold and pucker. Next time try about 35 drops for 65 degrees.
  15. I'd suggest having two separate battery banks, one for house items like lights, GPS, Radar, etc and another dedicated battery just for starting. Typically you would use a Deep cycle battery for the house bank which is designed to be run down and recharged. The other get a starting battery that is designed to out put marine cranking amps for a short period then recharge back to full capacity. These would be run on a battery switch designated A (starting), B (house) and Both. That way when your engine is not running you would run off the house bank not draining the starting battery. When the engine is running you could use Both so both batteries are being charged. If your starting battery is drained or low you could use Both to get the engine started.