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Royalblu
09-26-2016, 10:16 PM
Are 2003 18 classic hull colors painted or gellcoat ?

smokediver
09-27-2016, 02:37 PM
Gelcote

Royalblu
09-27-2016, 07:14 PM
Thanks, i wanted to buff it out but didn't want to buff through the color

gcarter
09-28-2016, 11:40 AM
If it needs buffing, you can be pretty sure it's gel.
Donzi did paint some boats, but generally used high end acrylic/polyurethane
single stage paints which stand up to the sun very well.

Pat McPherson
09-29-2016, 08:56 AM
I wax the blue stripe on my deck 3 times per year; the rest of the boat once. If I decide to keep the boat long term, I'll have it painted...

RickSE
09-29-2016, 10:07 AM
I don't recall exactly when they started using paint colors instead of gel but it was probably around 2005-2006.

yeller
09-29-2016, 11:18 AM
I don't recall exactly when they started using paint colors instead of gel but it was probably around 2005-2006.
My 04 is gel and I believe Carl said his 05 is paint. My stripe is painted though.
But I also believe that Blueliner's 06 Aronow/GT? is gel. His is a solid blue hull/deck (with exception of deck stripe), so I'm guessing you could get single color gel other than white even after 05/06.

Royalblu
09-30-2016, 05:19 PM
Mine is white gelcote bottom with dark blue paint from transom up to the trailer eye. White gelcote deck with dark blue painted stripe .
2003 18 classic, where were these built?

All of us are right, if all of the boat is a solid color its probably gelcote and painted stripe. If a bi color hull ( white bottom half, color upper) color is painted.

gcarter
09-30-2016, 07:24 PM
where were these built?

They were built at the old Donzi factory at Bradenton, FL.

yeller
09-30-2016, 10:31 PM
Mine is white gelcote bottom with dark blue paint from transom up to the trailer eye. White gelcote deck with dark blue painted stripe .
2003 18 classic, where were these built?

All of us are right, if all of the boat is a solid color its probably gelcote and painted stripe. If a bi color hull ( white bottom half, color upper) color is painted.My 04 is a bi color hull and both the white and the yellow are gel.

bertsboat
10-07-2016, 01:08 PM
The old DONZI factory was in North Miami.


They were built at the old Donzi factory at Bradenton, FL.

gcarter
10-07-2016, 06:25 PM
The old DONZI factory was in North Miami.

I know Bert, but the "NEW" Donzi factory is in Washington, NC, which I recommend everyone to go visit,
It's very impressive.