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Hull/bottom paint for a trailer sailor?

I have a 22' sailboat that needs new bottom paint since everything is sanded down through the original paint.

I have done a search and read many threads about paints but like everyone it seems my questions aren't answered.

I want to paint the boat from the rubrail down one solid color then paint a 4" or 5" waterline stripe. I want it all an white color with a blue strip probably, and I think I should have the decks the same color. I have been flipping back and forth through the pages of my West Marine cataloge reading about the different paints. I don't think I need an antifouling paint because the boat isn't going to be in the water for an extended period of time, no more than a weekend.

Here are a couple I have found that look like they might fit the bill.

VC Performance Epoxy with Teflon (seems the best)
-it's a 2-part paint so it should hold up well
-2 quarts for $60 and 2 gallons for $180
-3 to 4 coats needed
-No option to choose a color?????


Interlux Perfection 2-part Polyurethane
-half gallons for $120
-coats, 2 or 3
-not sure if it's meant for use under the water line

Seems like the VC is better for my situation but I don't see where I can choose a color. I also wonder if I could find a paint for the deck in the same color.

What you think?

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The Interlux perfection is a perfect choice for the topsides (from deck to waterline). Roll and tip for best results. If you go to International Paint's website they have full application instructions. Not for below the waterline.

Vc performance epoxy is a good choice for below the waterline, but not above. I think it only comes in white. Here's a link where both are probably cheaper than West Marine. Interlux VC Performance Epoxy
They give basic instructions but full instructions are at International Paint.
yachtpaint.com - the official site of International and Interlux paints

You need warmer temps for both.

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Thank you mitie.

I think I have setteled on the Interlux Perfection, it seems to be a good choice as others have used it and had great success.

THe VC Performance Epoxy is still an option but I would like to consider dome other options, any suggestions?

I live in south Alabama and yestarday I was working on a roof with my shirt off, so we have our warmer days from time to time. THanks for the input.

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Whatever you choose for below the waterline it has to be a hard paint and if you keep the boat on a trailer it doesn't have to have antifouling properties.

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