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Old 09-16-2009
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Paint choices for trailered sailboat

I just bought a Cal 21 which is in great shape, but could use a coat of paint on the hull. I know I'm going to have to strip the entire hull and do a good prime coat. And I've done a lot of reading, but can't find much specific information on a good paint for a trailered boat.

Right now it has the standard anti-fouling bottom coat. Above the bottom coat is plain fiberglass, I think. It's white, but I don't know how to tell if it's painted or not. And then about a 5 inch blue boot stripe.

I would like to paint it with a non-anti-fouling paint since it will stay on the trailer and spend no more than two nights in the water at a time. What I've found as of now is the Interlux VC Underwater Epoxy. What else should I look at?

Also, since I'm new at this what should I use to paint above the water line? I'd like to go with a dark blue and I'd prefer a quality one part paint.

And while we're at it, the hull has some minor dings and scratches. What would you recommend using to fill these. An epoxy/resin or some sort of filler product?

Sorry, lots of questions and I know these paint questions get posted a lot, but any advice is well appreciated.
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