Match gel coat ‘79 Custom Edition?

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Hello, I just purchased a ‘79 Custom Edition Sunfish & am looking for recommendations how to match gelcoat when filling some holes & gouges.
I usually work with MarineTex. I can’t decide if the off white hull was created with a slight brownish or yellow tint, any thoughts??
Thank you!
 

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Hello, I just purchased a ‘79 Custom Edition Sunfish & am looking for recommendations how to match gelcoat when filling some holes & gouges.
I usually work with MarineTex. I can’t decide if the off white hull was created with a slight brownish or yellow tint, any thoughts??
Thank you!
My guess is some of each, although brown is tricky as it has a little of all colors in it :)
In some circles is is considered a faux pax to put polyester (gelcoat) over epoxy (MarineTex) although the ITW website outlines a procedure:
https://itwperformancepolymers.com/resources/tools/marinetex-how-to/
For color matching, my local fiberglass supply vendor starts with a couple different sets of color chips (over 800 options). For my bigger boat I just brought in a hatch cover, you may just want to bring the boat. They also offer a send and return option for the color chip books if you want to do it all by mail order.
If you want to DIY the color match:
https://www.boatworkstoday.com/videos/gelcoat-color-matching-part-1/
 
Hello, I just purchased a ‘79 Custom Edition Sunfish & am looking for recommendations how to match gelcoat when filling some holes & gouges.
I usually work with MarineTex. I can’t decide if the off white hull was created with a slight brownish or yellow tint, any thoughts??
Thank you!
Matching the existing gelcoat color of your boat is... well... time consuming. Much more so than you would think. It's a classic example of, "Well, how hard could it be?"

Here's a link to a post I did about the process of matching the color of the area around the bow of my Laser when I finally decided to repair the scab that someone patched on my boat after what must have been a pretty severe bow impact before I owned it.

Cheers,

- Andy
 
My guess is some of each, although brown is tricky as it has a little of all colors in it :)
In some circles is is considered a faux pax to put polyester (gelcoat) over epoxy (MarineTex) although the ITW website outlines a procedure:
https://itwperformancepolymers.com/resources/tools/marinetex-how-to/
For color matching, my local fiberglass supply vendor starts with a couple different sets of color chips (over 800 options). For my bigger boat I just brought in a hatch cover, you may just want to bring the boat. They also offer a send and return option for the color chip books if you want to do it all by mail order.
If you want to DIY the color match:
https://www.boatworkstoday.com/videos/gelcoat-color-matching-part-1/
Tops, thanks for a wealth of information!
 
Matching the existing gelcoat color of your boat is... well... time consuming. Much more so than you would think. It's a classic example of, "Well, how hard could it be?"

Here's a link to a post I did about the process of matching the color of the area around the bow of my Laser when I finally decided to repair the scab that someone patched on my boat after what must have been a pretty severe bow impact before I owned it.

Cheers,

- Andy
Andy thank you, I really appreciate it!
 

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