Although my boat is much smaller, I had a black stripe painted on it to add some color to it as I was like you and tired of the plain jane look. Mine was all white (off white) to start with. The guy who did the work was against the black, but said it was mine and he would do whatever I wanted. I had it done and am very happy with it. He was also surprised at how it turned out after the new vinyls went on. I don't think it would in any depreciate the resale value, but I have no plans of selling it anyway. I will agree that a good wets sand and buff will do wonders as the rest of my 1999 model was faded decent. It came back to near new shine. The gel coat is thick on these boats so the wet sand and buff is something you could yourself without fear of damaging it. It's not like automotive paint that you can burn through easily.