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Do I need to gel coat exposed fiberglass?

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Hey y'all, I am in the process of working on a skiff restomod with my son. I just glassed in a couple of short stringers to channel the water from bow to stern. These stringers are made of divynicell and fiberglass reinforcement. Do I need to brush some gelcoat on these areas before I lay the cockpit deck over it? This section I'm taking about is only 6 inches or so and will most certainly see water during washing. Thanks
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