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Re: Looking for pointers on painting the bottom
Paint is expensive $120 a gal is the cheapest and you can spend a lot more depending on what your needs are. I paint every year, the new paint are made to ware off, so build up in not an issue with these cheaper paints. Some paints are made to last for years so they do not need to he hauled out in locations the hauling is not needed. These people still need to have the scum cleaned off. You need to know what is on your boat now.
Yes clean, and yes sand. I use a Black and Decker orbital sander with 8 holes for dust pick up. In RI it is required to use a vacuum and or contain dust. Also best to get one of those Tyvek jump suit, you can get at Home Depot or Lowes to protect yourself. And gloves also respirator or particle mask.
On the spots you can't get to, the yard that puts your boat in should have paint to touch up. I leave them a small amount of paint and disposable brush to do the touch ups. Ask them, they will tell you.
And last...how much paint. I buy the gal. and it lasts like 3 years. Use a 1/4 nap roller cover with a short 24" long handle on the frame so you can use two hands. Add a brushing thinner to the paint to get the paint to stay wet longer and spread farther. You only want a thin smooth coat.
1968 Bristol 32 Keel/Crb Hull 26
Narragansett Bay RI USA