Re: Ranger 23 Paint and...
From what I've read about the rustoleum marine topside paint is that it's basically as good, or better than brightsides for less money. It just takes forever to cure if applied too thick. Right now, I've got more time than money. We plan on using the same paint on the decks, and using interdeck for the non-skid. That said, we are cheaping out pretty big on the primer. (Zinsser bullseye 1-2-3) Yes, it's likely the most important component. From what I could gather though it's super tough stuff, it's rated to withstand 30+psi of negative hydrostatic pressure and is recommended to paint shower tiles with. So it must be pretty waterproof. Given that this little boat is going to be sailed off a trailer, and only in the water couple days at a time, I decided it should work. I did wet sand a section of the transom, and the stuff is as hard or harder to sand down than any automotive primer I've ever used short of the polyester ones, but those were avoided because they absorb moisture better than your average bounty paper towel. Ultimately it is a risk, but with using inexpensive materials, the cost to repair any damages it also very low, and the paints are available just about anywhere, coupled with the boat being on a trailer most the time, access to the hull to do any repairs is super easy as well.
The bottom is going to be painted with Aqua-life hybrid alkyd enamel. This is one area I'm a little weary of, but this coat is purely cosmetic. I'm not going to sand the existing bottom paint all the way off, just until reasonable smooth, and then paint over it. This way any barrier coats on the bottom now will still be able to to their job should this alkyd absorb much water and ultimately fail. If it does though, we'll just re-address that issue when it comes time and strip all the paint off the bottom and do it right. I see the cheap alkyd as something that will probably work well enough for my limited use, and be easy to touch up the areas that take a beating while coming on and off the trailer. I live in Morro Bay california, we have insanely high tidal currents, I forget off hand, but I believe it to be in the top ten in the country...and I ramp launch this boat. So it's not always a smooth ride up onto the trailer.
I think that as far as the emblems go, I may try and replicate them by molding new ones, but if that doesn't go too well then I will just make some stencils and paint them on.