Reflective Paint on Topsides?? - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 02-07-2007 Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coastal NC
Posts: 93
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Red face Reflective Paint on Topsides??

Hello all-- my first post so please bear with me! We're hauling out our 44' Kelly-Peterson next week with the plan of painting bottom and topsides. I'm the artist so I'm in charge of the topsides decisions. The boat is now white gelcoat, and I really really don't like white--I like color. So I was considering a kind of blue-gray-green color (Kirby Paints C Green). My first concern is that, safety-wise, our boat may end up blending too well with the ocean, and therefore not be as safe in a rescue situation or even in a marina with lots of power boats whizzing around. We have considered adding glass reflective beads to the paint-- has anyone done this? Also considering painting the boat a much lighter blue (Kirby Paints #19 Blue --(anyone used Kirby Paints before??)), thinking that would be safer and not involve the reflective bead thing, which could get complicated, in some as yet unforseen way. And I guess the third option is to get over my aversion/boredom with white, and just leave it the way it is. I should add that high polish and shine are not what I'm going for-- I like the dull finish of an old rowboat, really. So safety and a (to me) cool color are what I'd go for, over all. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
SuzySailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 02-07-2007
Wandering Aimlessly
 
PBzeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 22,027
Thanks: 0
Thanked 100 Times in 97 Posts
Rep Power: 17
     
Unless you're primarily sailing in the higher latitudes, I would stick with white, as colors absorb heat. Perhaps you could paint the vertical sides of the cabintop in some light color, thereby breaking up the all white look.

John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PBzeer is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 15 Old 02-07-2007 Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coastal NC
Posts: 93
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Not an idea I'd thought of--thanks~
SuzySailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
 
post #4 of 15 Old 02-07-2007
Telstar 28
 
sailingdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,290
Thanks: 0
Thanked 18 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 16
         
Anything but a nearly white deck is going to heat up alot... darker colors can heat up enough to cause problems with the laminate in some cases. If you want to have some color... then painting the topsides and the hull a color may make much more sense. If you paint the bottom of the boat safety orange or bright red... in the case of a capsize, you'll be far more easily seen.

Reflective paint can back fire... as it can cause glare at night and make it harder for you to see things. It can also confuse other boaters as to exactly what they're seeing... so might not be such a good idea.

Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
sailingdog is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 15 Old 02-07-2007
Junior Member
 
Bristol324DD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Hey SusySailor--I've used Kirby Paints for over 50 years--good stuff cheap! But, no offense, I've used their stuff when I was a kid and couldn't afford yacht paint (Woosley) or needed a cheap copper paint on the bottom of my quahoag skiff. If you're repainting a $100k boat, why not spring for Awlgrip or Interlux's Perfection? At $50 a gallon, Kriby's cheaper than a quart of the good stuff--and you get what you pay for! If I had a old wooden hull that had to be redone yearly--sure,why not--but if I want a refinishing that will last ten years--go for the good stuff!!

Why not buff up the gelcoat, add a second line to the boot-top and then add a cove stripe or paint what would be the walestrake in a bright color?

bill
Bristol324DD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 15 Old 02-07-2007 Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coastal NC
Posts: 93
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
ummm... boot top, cove stripe, walestrake? We've only been sailing a few years-- guess I've been too busy practicing knots to learn these words. I know the general area (where the single stripe is now?) and I googled them, but no luck. Can you draw me a picture? (kidding, but in a serious way- no smiley for that)
SuzySailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 15 Old 02-07-2007
Wandering Aimlessly
 
PBzeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 22,027
Thanks: 0
Thanked 100 Times in 97 Posts
Rep Power: 17
     
Stripe at/near the waterline, stripe beneath the rub rail. Not sure what he means by walestrake, but would guess that is about halfway between the other two.

John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PBzeer is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 15 Old 02-07-2007 Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coastal NC
Posts: 93
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
~~~Thanks!
SuzySailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 15 Old 02-07-2007
Junior Member
 
Bristol324DD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Strakes are planks on wooden boats; and the walestrake is a thicker plank running as John mentioned below the rubrail to which the chain plates were attached....OK, so I'm the ancient mariner--point being, you could buff up the gelcoat if it is in good condition and add color at the waterline and the rail!

Just painting over a good, intact, non-scratched or oxidized gelcoat for the color of it with really cheap paint may make more work and effort in the long run. If the white doesn't work, use Awlgrip or Perfection (spray or brush--the lighter the color the easier it is to brush). Or use an eyecatching trim.....where did you find the Kirby's--New Bedford??

bill
Bristol324DD is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 15 Old 02-07-2007 Thread Starter
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coastal NC
Posts: 93
Thanks: 4
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
I found Kirby's online-- I like their variety of color choices. They're great with customer service as well. Am I allowed to use their paint for the stripes?
SuzySailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Peeling topsides paint Saylorman Gear & Maintenance 4 12-22-2005 07:10 PM
topsides paint JimOppy Gear & Maintenance 2 11-10-2003 02:06 AM
The Bottom Paint Blues Don Casey Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 06-22-2003 08:00 PM
How to Paint Your Own Deck Don Casey Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 02-04-2002 07:00 PM
Paint the Bottom Yourself Tom Wood Gear and Maintenance Articles 0 03-09-1999 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome