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Painting a boat

Post by RAB-HENDO » Thu May 17 2018 17:34

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We are going too repaint our 16ft mayland soon,,,my question is what is the best way too give it a rub down???

We are obviously going too power wash it first but some t*t years back coated the top half with clear varnish! Any info much appreciated

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Post by fergie68 » Thu May 17 2018 17:51

I will be interested in the replies to this one my boats in need of a paint job too but seems to be peeling in patches which come off clean but solid in other spots.
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Post by Ian Crook » Thu May 17 2018 20:14

RAB-HENDO wrote:
Troops
We are going too repaint our 16ft mayland soon,,,my question is what is the best way too give it a rub down???

We are obviously going too power wash it first but some t*t years back coated the top half with clear varnish! Any info much appreciated

Cheers Rab👍🏻
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Re: Painting a boat

Post by Fentiger01 » Thu May 17 2018 20:33

fergie68 wrote:
I will be interested in the replies to this one my boats in need of a paint job too but seems to be peeling in patches which come off clean but solid in other spots.
Did mine this time last year Fergie, I'm certainly no professional painter bud as it's more than a little flaky in certain areas now.....

On the plus side, it still floats a treat! :laughs: :laughs: :laughs:
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Post by andrew_nagel » Thu May 17 2018 21:51

Orbital sander with 100 grit paper. You are just aiming to key it up so don't press on too hard. What type of base is the previous paint? What type of paint are you going to use? I'd go for a 2-part yachting epoxy primer. Primers are matt finish so if you ever need to do repairs you can repaint the repair area without it standing out. Gloss is a nightmare as it shows every little imperfection. Before and after sanding wipe it down with acetone.
Just masked the water line on one of mine. Launched it off the trailer on to old tyres and winched it over on to its side to sand and paint each side of the lower hull in turn.
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Post by fergie68 » Thu May 17 2018 23:35

Mine started with just the odd wee blister but it's coming off now at a alarming rate .It's as if the fibreglass underneath is rejecting the paint which is proper two part paint for boats.
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Post by fergie68 » Thu May 17 2018 23:39

Fentiger01 wrote:
fergie68 wrote:
I will be interested in the replies to this one my boats in need of a paint job too but seems to be peeling in patches which come off clean but solid in other spots.
Did mine this time last year Fergie, I'm certainly no professional painter bud as it's more than a little flaky in certain areas now.....

On the plus side, it still floats a treat! :laughs: :laughs: :laughs:
I didn't sand the whole thing just the bits where the paint had already flaked . Looks really shitty now. Problem is I don't have anywhere to take it so it's done in the garden.
At least mine still floats too :laughs: :thumbs:
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Post by The predator » Fri May 18 2018 08:22

As Andrew says, a good key is important and a wipe over afterwards with white spirit or similar to remove any dust residues.
Apply paint with a roller and brush out with a good quality brush. Take care where you start the painting as you will probably be going around the hull and the first application will start to harden by the time you have gone all the way round the hull. In this case you will see the joint (if that makes sense face)
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Post by keith the piker » Fri May 18 2018 10:33

I've renovated several boats now and have to say that there is sadly no alternative but to apply a lot of brute force ... after the initial removal of anything flaking I sand down with wet and dry paper, used wet and by hand. It sounds like more work than it actually is in practice! This way, you are sure of achieving a good matt key for the priming coat. I then wipe down one side of the hull with white spirit before applying primer. I personally prefer to use boat paints rather than the two part epoxy finishes, (a) as it is easier to apply and (b) because it works! I now use International boat paints - 2 coats of Pre-Kote, lightly sanding down between them and then a top coat. I also think it is critical to do the painting in dry but not too hot conditions as any hint of dampness is a sure fire killer of a good and lasting finish ... I live in the far frozen North so that gives me about 1.5 days per year in which to paint!

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Post by RAB-HENDO » Fri May 18 2018 16:44

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Post by The predator » Fri May 18 2018 19:01

I personally prefer to use boat paints rather than the two part epoxy finishes, (a) as it is easier to apply and (b) because it works! I now use International boat paints - 2 coats of Pre-Kote, lightly sanding down between them and then a top coat.

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Post by RAB-HENDO » Fri May 18 2018 19:47

That’s the plan Andy. Dover white👍🏻
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Post by andrew_nagel » Sat May 19 2018 21:56

Been at mine today. Just keying up the hull below the water line before painting one side at a time. 2-part boat expoxies aren't cheap and are more fuss to apply as you need to wear a vapour mask etc, but are the most durable by a country mile.
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