From Stem to stern, cabin top to keel, Flirt needed to be cleansed of 50 years of neglect. Her once smooth gelcoat had been covered under several layers of paint as previous owners attempted to revive her vivacious beauty. Time had not been kind, while Glassfibre requires less maintenance than wood, it still requires some. My Sprite had gotten none.
I counted six distinct layers of paint as I worked a little each day, my dewalt Orbital Sander spewing plumes of house paint into the breeze. When I was done though, her crazed gelcoat looked better than the paint that had attempted to choke her glassfibre skin. Every girl deserves to take off her makeup once in a while