To paint or not to paint?...that is the question.
I recently bought a 1969 Scot and have flipped it over and sanded off all the antifouling layers off with an orbital sander. Quite a time consuming job, i might add. Suprisingly, the gelcoat is in good shape for its age, with some minor spider cracks here and there and a few dings that are not terribly deep, but where the gelcoat is off where i can see the fibers in the fiberglass. The biggest one is about 1/2''x2" or so. No blisters.
The boat will be dry sailed. Do I need to do anything other than repair the dings? I was going to just re-gelcoat the dings. I first thought of using an epoxy filler, but then i was told that if I ever want to gelcoat the bottom, the gelcoat will not stick to the epoxy areas. Can i just sail it without any barrier paint such as Interlux 2000E? I hate to paint it since this requires more work and upkeep, but i am concerned about water penetration. Also, it will be faster in the water with no paint.
I have read opposing views on this subject. Any opinions are greatly appreciated!