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deck paint or coating choices
I have a 1978 Newport 17. I paid $1200 for it and the trailer is worth most of that. It is a sound sailboat, but it show its age, especially on the deck. The reason I mention its age, price and condition is because I wanted to be clear that I am not trying to restore an old classic beauty or working with something that will ever be of great value.
There are a fair number of non structural cracks in the gel coat of the deck. My thinking is to clean/scour the deck, lightly sand around cracks, "paint" the cracked areas with thin epoxy and then coat the deck.
Looking at the available options for coating, there is one major decision point to dispense with first - I don't think I want to use gel coat. It seems like there is more expense and expertise required and less than universal agreement about how well it adheres to epoxy anyway. So I am thinking paint. What kind? I don't want to spend too much and I don't want something that requires a lot of equipment or expertise. Is there a reason you can't spray paint? I am talking about a good grade of Krylon or whatnot, not the 88 cent stuff from the super center. Rolling is mentioned sometimes, but I don't see how you would get into the inside corners or around the outside corners well. I really don't want brush marks, so I think spray seems like the best choice. But is there really a reason it needs to be the high end stuff delivered through a spray system as opposed to chemically similar paint in a rattle can?
Newport 17 - "Kohanna"
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