Yeah, I get paint and it’s benefits. Gelcoat coat is nice for fresh starts but paint is not as much work and easier to change directions.Will do on yout hread. Not a DE yet but that will be next. All the methods apply to all boats. 1st coat down.
I'm not a gelcoat guy but totally understrand the value. I've sanded soooo much of it that I no longer want to use it.
Paint is ok with me is all, plus the costs and labor.
Game plan is the exterior then the interior then the window gaskets.