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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

Thank you all for pitching in...

OK, to answer some things.
I only have Sundays off, if I spend them working on the boat i wont be sailing on that day. if i need 4 days to do a bottom job that's one month of sailing out the window...

What's holding me right now is the bottom paint. like I said, i don't want to have to launch and retrieve several times.

I though it would be more difficult of a job, now, with all of your support I'm building confidence and getting ideas on how to do it and it's looking more appealing by the minute.

I know what boat means..... Bring Out Another Thousand.... I know. That's why I have always sailed on friends' boats and never owned one, now i think I'm old enough to have one of my own and I accept the consequence$$$$...

Now, another question, if I were to put a barrier coat before the bottom paint, how much more work are we talking about?? Sanding to the gel coat plus X coats of barrier coat, plus 2, 3 coats of bottom paint.....

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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

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Now, another question, if I were to put a barrier coat before the bottom paint, how much more work are we talking about?? Sanding to the gel coat plus X coats of barrier coat, plus 2, 3 coats of bottom paint.....

Thank you!!!!
I think you're making it more difficult than it has to be. sand and paint and get the boat in the water. Leave the barrier coat for the off-season when you can't sail.
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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

I just did a barrier coat on my 25`er , thats a bigger job ..

i would scuff it then paint , then if you could get a hour on the lift to touch up what was missed ,and have them drop it in ..
seems the fastest way ..

if your going to strip it completly and do a barrier coat ..that might be worth a $1000 labor :/
and let the yard do it .

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How old is the boat? What was it history before you...

If the boat is many, many years old and the boat previously was left in the water over the summer and it hasn't blistered, the likelihood that it will blister now is very low, so I wouldn't barrier coat it at all if that is the case.

That being said, if you want to barrier coat it, do in the off season as you will need to blast/sand away all the paint and you will need to let the bottom full dry of any trapped moisture, else the barrier coat is useless.


So moving forward:

Wake up early on your free Sunday, tape it and wet sand/scotchbrite it and wet rag it to remove the dust. Allow it to dry while you drink a cup of coffee and suit up for painting, paint it, clean-up, have breakfast, drive to the water, launch it and paint the few places that were covered by the trailer during the launch and sail it for the rest of the day. Easy Peasy.

End of Season, get boat. Decide if you want to barrier coat it then.
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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

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I think you're making it more difficult than it has to be.
Now you're getting to know me....

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If the boat is many, many years old and the boat previously was left in the water over the summer and it hasn't blistered, the likelihood that it will blister now is very low, so I wouldn't barrier coat it at all if that is the case.
I think it might had some blisters in the past, look at the pictures and tell me what you think....


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So moving forward:

Wake up early on your free Sunday, tape it and wet sand/scotchbrite it and wet rag it to remove the dust. Allow it to dry while you drink a cup of coffee and suit up for painting, paint it, clean-up, have breakfast, drive to the water, launch it and paint the few places that were covered by the trailer during the launch and sail it for the rest of the day. Easy Peasy.

End of Season, get boat. Decide if you want to barrier coat it then.
That sounds very good to me, we'll see how it goes; according to your schedule I should be at the ramp at 11:00am.... we'll see.........
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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

The price you originally quoted is ludicrous. Who cares if the power boat guys don't know what a Catalina is . An FRP bottom is an FRP bottom whether its power or sail. If you really don't want to do it yourself get a quote from them ..... we're not all bad

PS. No one can give an accurate quote without seeing the bottom.
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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

$200 for paint and a grand for labor. If you were closer to me I'd come over and paint the bottom. Wouldn't mind making about $500 an hour.

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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

For what I gather out of all the appreciated input from you guys that have done the job, I recon nobody is spending a great deal of time sanding, which was my main concern; we all know applying paint to 150 SqFt is not a real task.

So, I have decided.
Today I'm working from home, on my lunch hour I will do the sanding (I already have all the necessary things for that) and the tomorrow i go buy the paint and apply on Sunday.

I'll keep you all posted. Thank you sooo much for all your responses !!!!
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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

all you want to do is scuff it so the paint sticks ,

i use a drywall sanding attachment 3"x8" at the end of a pole ..

you could also get a tarp big enough to cover the ground 20 x10 (harborFreight.com)has cheap ones .
lay it out , then back the trailer over it .
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Re: Bottom Paint dilemma

You need to purchase the antifouling bottom paint and read the directions, most recommend that the boat goes into the water no longer than 6 hours after the paint is applied, the price you were quoted is out ragious, hire a local painter and the bottom paint as well as a tarp to put under the boat so you don't get any messy after affect from the job. After the inital open area is done, just block the stern up high and lower the trailer to expose the spots that are covered by the pads on the trailer. but I wouldn't paint it before a day before launch.
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