What i found with the model after sanding it had a coat of dope over EVERYTHING which is probably why the boat lasted so long in storage however with a lot of models i have restored over the years I've always run into issues with paint surfaces, so now i sand back to the base if possible as i did with the dolphin, i smoothed her over and gave her 4 coats of this..
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This one my dad tested on the little diva kit he got, and it proved very stable for bare wood, and took the primer and the gloss coats i put on for him with little issue.
However, i have recently posted a topic on 2 pack epoxy paints, looking for smaller can sizes 1L or so as the finish with this boat i want to not only be super tough but have little maintenance on after its finished, sadly with most sprays once u get a few nicks and chips they are a pain to repair and touch up, where as the epoxy paints really don't chip away they will take a pounding and you can just buff it right out.
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