Getting your boat painted by the professionals is an expensive task. Generally you would not see much change from 10 boat bucks (10k) It is a long and tedious task to make your vessel look great but all the work is revealed in the long run with the final coats. The more prep you complete, the better the finish will be. Having an Uncle involved always helps!
There were over 200 mn hours invested into the topsides of Nandji. Round and around Uncle went filling and fairing then sanding with his orbital sander. When ever I was busy doing a one man job on Nandji, Uncle would be outside filling and fairing Nandji. He has put in a mammoth effort and Nandji looks damn fine now! There are only a few tiny blemishes in the paint work that you need to be up close next to Nandji looking for them. In the words of the GOAT, If anyone is within 10 feet of your boat then their too f%$#ing close!