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Boat paint, and color.

So from what i gather here, ill need to scrape sand andnpaint on a yearly basis or isbit 2years?

Also why dont i ever see any boats that arent white? are there rules about boat colors?
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

If you look at the pictures in the gallery here, you'll see that most of the boats are white, except for bottom paint. If you're talking about bottom paint, rather than hull paint (as I suspect may be the case based on your first question), you typically want a contrasting color for the bottom paint so you can easily tell when it has worn off and needs to be reapplied. You don't HAVE to scrape the old paint off every year. The longevity of each coat will be based on where you keep the boat and how often you use it.
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

Well, that makes sense for the contrasting. But i meant the hull paint. Its always white. can i makenit green or blue?
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

You can make it any color you want. White is the most forgiving. It does not show scratches and imperfections as much. Dark colors absorb more heat, making the inside of the boat hotter and the paint wont last last as long. That being said, my boat is Jade Green!
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

Are you talking about the deck? I'm wondering if the OP's terminology is off because even on boats with blue, red or green hulls, the part that's "always white" as he says is the deck.
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

The majority of boats are built with a white gell coat finish on the hull, they aren't painted, the color and finish are the fiberglass. Usually this finish just needs to be polished and waxed, and light scratches can be polished out. Once painted the hull is susceptible to scratches which may require periodic re-painting.
So try polishing a spot and see if it's painted already or the gel coat can be restored.
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

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Are you talking about the deck? I'm wondering if the OP's terminology is off because even on boats with blue, red or green hulls, the part that's "always white" as he says is the deck.
The deck i understand, white = less heat absorbtion. Makes oerfect sense. Butbthe hull and bottom i would want to change For aesthetic reasons.
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

My boat has a painted hull and bottom. She previously had a white hull, but now it is a dark green. The problem with paint is that it requires periodic maintenance. I can't tell you how long ago my hull was painted, but I suspect it was 5 to 10 years ago. There are blisters, and places where the paint is clearly needing to be refinished. I have read many times, and have now seen firsthand, that once you paint, you can't go back. I love the look of the green hull, but if I were doing it over again, I would probably investigate having a colored gelcoat put on top instead. Now that we have paint, the only thing to do is continue painting.
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

Do hole and hull mean something different? Is there a lingobrefference guide i could read? Lol
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Re: Boat paint, and color.

Sorry, I edited it. I had dictated the response using Siri (I was waiting for my son's schoolbus as a surprise to him), and clearly Siri doesn't appreciate the linguistic nuances of my voice enough to understand that I'm saying hull, not hole.
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