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    Looks good, post up pictures of the finished product when you get there.

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    That looks nice. I like the color. My wife is after me to paint ours. I was thinking of something similar. I wonder if there's anything you could do about the gloss, besides try another type of paint?

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    I have painted several hulls using Rustoleum oil based enamel, about nine dollars a quart at Home Depot, using a nine inch, 1/4 inch pile roller. Pre-sand of course. Mix about a 1/4 cup of quality mineral spirits per quart of paint and roll on, running your wet roller the full length of the hull when you finish a coat, being careful not to leave a build up from the edge of the roller. Three coats leave a good finish. Allow it to cure for a couple of weeks and hand polish. It should have all the gloss and smoothness you want. It is not as tuff as Gelcoat, but will stand up well with a little care and wax.
    "I fish, therefore I lie"

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    Turned the boat over this morning. Thought you might like to see how it's done.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YByh...ature=youtu.be

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    That looks great! What plans did you build?

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    It is a spirainternational.com Pacific Power Dory which I modified to a semi-v bottom (12 deg deadrise), reduced from 8' to 7' in beam, and added a motor bracket.

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    I saw my buddy, Lou D. in that video...which makes you Kenny. Hull looks super. Keep up the great work!
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    I've painted several boats in my days, and would be happy to give you some advice.

    Prep work=90% of the results

    For any large areas that do not mandate spraying:
    Use a 2 part epoxy paint (perfection by interlux or awl grip or similar). Put on a couple of coats with a roller (+/- tipping it off)

    Once you have a thick enough base, start sanding with a random orbital sander using 1000 grit, then 2000 grit sand paper. Don't skimp on this step.

    Then, use a proper buffing/polishing tool with abrasive compounding material (3M for example.... they have it at west marine) and buff the surface until you achieve a mirror finish. not difficult, technically speaking, and guaranteed professional looking results, but a fair bit of work to be sure.

    PM me if you need any tips

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