Originally Posted by Nancy Sa
.... I started reading about gel coat and got really confused. Do I do a fiberglass type repair and paint
it or use a gel coat approach? Thanks for any feedback
Gel Coat and paint
do the same thing, provide color coat and protection from the elements. I think gel coat is more durable but there are some marine paints that are reported to be pretty tough and long lasting.
I think for patching a small area color matching with paint
might be easier, but gel coat can be tinted. If the camper is white gel coat might be a better match, it is a pure white that is a little harder to find a match for in paint, at least that was my experience looking for something to touch up nicks and small chips in the existing gel coat.
Gel coat is a resin product that uses a catalyst, some epoxy paints also use a catalyst, the one most people are most familiar with might be the epoxy garage and basement floor paint kits.
For a small touch up repair I think either paint or gel coat is an option, somewhat depending on what skills you are working with (yours or friends) and how critical to appearance the repair is. If you are comfortable with painting
skills or can afford to experiment with gel coat might be the determining factors.