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Old 06-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #1
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Test to see if it is Gel coat or paint

I just picked up a 74 Boler. It looks like it has been painted, is there anyway to tell for sure? Was hoping it was still Gel coat.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:40 AM   #2
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Unless it was professionally painted or the windows were pulled, you can usually tell by looking around window frames. You may have to check carefully all the way around if it was a really, really good tape job.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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why do you care?
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:55 AM   #4
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You need to find somewhere inconspicuous (underneath the front or back?) where you can scratch the finish with a utility knife blade. If it's paint, you'll be able to scratch it off, and probably see a different colour gel coat underneath, but if it's gel coat, the colour will remain the same.

Just getting underneath the ends, where any paint preparation or application may not have been done well, may give you the answer without any scratching.

If there is paint, and it's a perfect match for the gel coat colour, then it will be hard to tell!
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Old 06-14-2014, 10:16 AM   #5
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A picture would help.
Look at the rivets. With original gel coat the rivets will be metal and there is likely to be spider cracking around some. With paint, they are likely covered over unless all the rivets were removed before painting and then replaced.

Also look closely at the door frame and under the belly band.
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Thanks All!

J Mac. The top color is in rough shape and needs work, the bottom I think I can save, but need to figure out which products to use.
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It looks like the bottom is painted to match the gel coat, and the top was painted away from the original color. The bottom I can save, the top needs to be repainted.
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:42 AM   #8
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It might be just as easy or just as hard to paint the entire trailer. Since you will want to lightly pre-sand anyway, you'll soon find out 'which end is up' so to speak. Ask your paint dealer for paint that can be used on fiberglass.
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