I am new in this forum and just bought my first boat....on Ebay. It is a 19ft Powerboat from 1989 and still in reasonable condition. The only thing is that I want to replace are the old carpets which are everywhere on the interior of the boat . On the bottom and sides. I really do not understand who needs carpet in a boat, water and carpet just do not mix in my opinion.
I would like to take them out and replace the carpet on the floor with a rubber matting but the sides I do not know what to do with it. Under the carpet is the bare fibre glass and I was thinking maybe to apply some polyester coating to make it all look new and shiny again. I read about gel coating but am not sure if that would be the right application. Just to paint the surface is no option because the fibreglass structure will just show. Does any body have any ideas how to achieve a smooth polyester kind of finish on an old fibreglass foundation with glue remains (definately I will not be able to remove the carpet glue completely)
Thanks a lot for your help!!