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So one part poly is the way to go? I am not about to spend a bunch of money on making the deck shiny. THE BOAT WAS $1250 !!! I would rather spend money on new sails than a shiny deck.
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Better than porch paint, at least.

2 part is the way to go. It's a boat, not a work truck. Do it right.
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The upshot of all of this discussion: The decks are left ugly. I have decided my money is better spent on proper seacocks, a new mainsail, etc.

I think people take "Do it right or do it over." A little too far. If oil paint works for commercial vessels, why not for yachts? I feel like people are obsessed with shine. I don't need high gloss, I just want something that is not full of chips, exposing the fiberglass to the elements.

If it worked for 50 years before, why doesn't it work now?
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I don't think porch paint will have the durability for a sailboat. It isn't all that good on my porch, now that I think about it. I don't think I meant to say "Do it right or do it over." Maybe: "do it right or do it later."

I like your thinking to address other pressing items first. Tager, I don't know if you've ever painted a boat before. I've done a couple and my first shot at it was circumstances just like yours: in the water paintjob and I was confused about which of the many paint systems I should use. Frankly, I was intimidated by 2-part paints. I pulled all of the hardware off, recored some sections of the deck, refaired the deck, and painted the deck with Interlux Brightsides and, on the non-skid, Interlux Interdeck.

It took MONTHS working weekends and evenings after work. A HUGE project and it was very expensive. I spent several hundred dollars on sandpaper, believe it or not. The cost of the sundries - quality brushes and rollers, sandpaper, specialized tools, epoxy, etc was way, way beyond my expectations and limited budget.

I can't imagine doing all that work though, and then having to redo it because the paint failed or did not hold up.

One thing you may want to consider is to repaint just the non-skid with Interlux Interdeck. It's great paint and it's pretty bulletproof. You probably won't even have to prime (though you will need to thoroughly sand and clean the deck). You'll need about 2 quarts to do your boat. On a 28' Triton, 1 quart did one good coat.







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hey NOLA, i have a ? for ya? i love the look of a flag blue hull, how is it for being hot? my weather is a bit cooler than yours but not much, i am wondering how bad is it?
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The blue in the photo is actually lighter than it looks. It wasn't flag blue, unfortunately. However, flag blue is my favorite boat color. In fact, I had purchased Flag Blue AwlGrip for the hull, but never got around to repainting it before I sold the boat.

I did not sleep on the boat in hot weather, but the darker color wasn't outrageously hot. I have a white hull now and even that gets very, very hot in the summer.

I would not hesitate to paint a boat flag blue, even at the risk of higher interior temps. If I lived aboard, I may need to rethink that...or not. It is such a gorgeous color.
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NOLA my plan right now is to paint the top sides white with the exception of the non skid which i will do very light gray. my hunter has a a liner and all ports open so they should help with some heat. i still really want to do a flag blue hull, but i am worried about the heat issue.

my temps run in the 90's in the summer with a week or so of 100 plus days. humidity can easily get to the 90 % range.

oh more decisions
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I used a local paint stores single part polyurathane and added another product as an accelerator to equal the two part poly at a total of less than 20/quart. Really a tough paint combination, good resistanace to chaulking, but a bit brittle - it chips every once in a while. Don't do the porch paint - it will not wear well.
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My question is this: Have any of you used porch paint to paint boat decks? How did it turn out? I also plan on doing this in the slip, a little bit at a time, as I live aboard.

Am I crazy? (No need to answer.)

Just saw this post on SBO from a guy we gave advice to about why not to use a porch & floor paint.


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I recently finished painting my boat with Glidden's Poly Floor and Porch paint and it's been about 4 or 5 days and it is scratching really easily. Is there anything I can do to protect it (besides re-painting or being really careful)? Maybe a sealer or top coat or something I don't know... Thanks...

Go ahead use the cheap stuff...but it will bite you in the butt
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Missing the big picture here?

The OP spent $1250 for his 24' boat. While I don't advocate painting with porch paint, let's not forget it is a 40 year old plastic boat. Instead of spending a ton of money on top quality marine deck paint and hours upon hours prepping the surface with sanding, primers/solvent washes, rolling and tipping, just wash it down, rough it up a bit, and paint it with a decent, but inexpensive marine deck paint, and be done with it. Sail the boat, sail it hard, sail it often. When the deck gets to a point where you think it looks bad, repeat the process.

I often get a kick out of folks that buy boats and spend all day polishing, fixing, cleaning, painting, whatever to make them look beautiful, but never sail them. I spend the bare minimum time and $ to keep my boat in sailing condition. Even so, it's a well maintained.

Last summer, I went out on the launch early on a Saturday with one of my mooring neighbors. Wind was great and I was looking forward to a fun sail. 8 h later I rode the launch back with the same guy. I asked him if he got out and enjoyed the consistent 15 kt breeze. We had a blast. He said no, he polished wood and brass in his cabin all day. He then asked me if that was blue tape on one of my portlights. I said yes. I told him that I had a small leak and was using the tape to keep the water out and would eventually would get to it. Tape is still on the portlight, almost 10 months later. I will get to it in the next two weeks, but I also managed to get 50 full day sails in in the meantime, and not worry about it.

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