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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: Boat Paint
Why do you want to paint your boat? Maybe a good cleaning, stripping, and wax would make it look better if that is your goal.
Is you hull painted or gel coated?
You will need to prep the hull first. There are two ways to go:
1...Use automotive finish, I don’t like this but it is the popular easy way, you must get a good bond and need a flexible paint or it can crack off on trailer rollers etc.
2...Use Marine quality paints, still need good clean hull prep.
……..You can use an epoxy finish like West system this is a two stage epoxy, it is expensive and work to do correctly. Directions are on the packaging and on the net.
IF you paint it: You can get regular “top side” paints made for marine use. Pettit is a good reasonably price brand, there are tons of very expensive brands of topside paint. Topside means just that not the bottom.
You could paint the bottom with regular topside paint, if you just want looks. Other possibilities are to get anti-fouling pain IF you keep the boat in the water all season long. It reduces slim and algae build up. Most bottom antifouling is black, and you put it on and put the boat into the water before it fully dries.
Other bottom paints re called racing bottom paints (come in many colors unlike anti-fouling paint). Theses make you boat bottom VERY slippery, and increase you top end speed. When you wet the bottom and run your hand over it, it feels like a soapy layer.