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tappers 01-18-2002 09:57 AM

epoxy paint advice, please
Is there such a thing as a paint, suitable for topsides, which would reinforce the gelcoat AND compensate for areas which have been rubbed down and are slightly thinned as a result?



BigRed56 01-19-2002 03:08 AM

epoxy paint advice, please
Ahoy ,tappers, NO, The problem with any paint or epoxy paint is that the total thickness of the application in very small 1/32 or less and the bond over gelcoat though generally better with epoxy paints does not form a true chemical bond with gelcoat. In any event gelcoat has very little "rienforcement" qualities in itself. Suggest you repair thinned areas but thorough preperation and buildup with gelcoat, the paint. Second think on adding material in areas of repeated high use with non skid or protective sacrifical blocks or patches to take the abuse.(boom chaffing , block damage or sheet rubs). I use from 10mil to 1/4" teflon patches on the devise itself if I can. Hope this helps. Big Red 56the Pirate of Pine Island.

tappers 01-19-2002 12:13 PM

epoxy paint advice, please
Thanks, Big Red, for clearing up one or two misconceptions about what paint can and can''t do. I won''t paint the hull.

I''m not sure about your interesting idea of putting teflon patches on the topsides - I''ve had to rub down a fair area just above the waterline to get rid of a rash of small blisters.

How thick is an average gelcoat? I understand from a number of sources that Westerlys were given double gelcoats in the late 1970s, but I have no idea what that means in terms of actual measurements.

All the best


mikehoyt 01-25-2002 07:11 AM

epoxy paint advice, please
If you do paint there are two types of paints that are commonly used. One Part paints do not require mixing and are easier to apply for the Do It Yourself sort. The Two Part paints are hard, last longer and are more difficult to apply. You can use Roll/Tip method for both but best finish is obtained by doing the prep work and then hiring a pro to do the painting.

I used 2 part Interlux paint Interthane Plus on my decks. looks great and I really did discover why some people get paid to apply paint and why I do not!

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