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Spraying VC 17

My old trusted Wagner gun died last year. What gun is recommended to shoot VC-17?
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I just bought mine from "Infinityfrp" at the recommendation of a friend. You can find them on eBay and the internet by searching their name. The price was reasonable and the gun seems to be a good one. I won't be using it until the end of March so I can't tell you how good it works.

Edit: I guess it would help if I included the item number "G960-1L-2.5"
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Why spray? Most of us around here use a West System foam roller and isopropyl alcohol as a solvent. Works well and uses a heck of a lot less product. 3 cans max for a J-34C and you can get it done in less than an hour. I used to use a Wagner gun. After masking the boat off properly, tarping boats on either side of me, cleaning gun and waiting for a day not too windy it just wasn't worth it. We burnish with a old burlap bag and the finish comes out well. A week in the water and you can't tell the difference from a sprayed finish.
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Agreed... it rolls very easily.
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I have never rolled it before. I will give that a try, has to be less hazardous than spraying. I too have been through the drill of covering everything in site to keep overspray under control and waiting for the right day. Thanks for the feedback.
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I haven't rolled on a bottom paint before either. I was told that spraying wouldn't be too difficult because my boat is in an enclosed shop. No wind to deal with and no masking of other boats to worry about. Am I getting bad advice from my crew over here? Are they making extra work for me?
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It will probably cost you more in bottom paint to spray the boat as well as make clean up and prep more complicated.

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I haven't rolled on a bottom paint before either. I was told that spraying wouldn't be too difficult because my boat is in an enclosed shop. No wind to deal with and no masking of other boats to worry about. Am I getting bad advice from my crew over here? Are they making extra work for me?
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VC-17 rolls on like water and super smooth, but if you have never rolled it before, you need to know that it flash dries.
Be ready, mix a batch up in an empty gallon paint can with a lid, pour it into your roller pan and quickly apply it before it dries. You will only get a few minutes before the stuff in the roller pan is useless.

Another method is to mix it and store it in a bottle, than squirt it on your roller as you are applying it.

If you’re not used to rolling, just be prepared the first time, it dries very quickly in your pan.
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It will probably cost you more in bottom paint to spray the boat...
Not probably, it will cost more to spray the boat. I was once told by an Interlux sales rep that 30% of the product is lost and does not end up on the boat when spraying bottom paint.
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Thanks for clearing that up for me. I now have a really nice paint gun designed for bottom paint that will be new for awhile. Maybe I will use if for GelCoat work.
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