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I am down to mostly fiberglass on the interior hull ... any suggestions for further prep before I paint ... perhaps a base coat of some kind to fill in the ridges and smooth ... planning on using good quality latex ...

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save your money and use valspar exterior works great and tastes like chicken





Pretty sticks to anything that has has been sanded and wiped down and seems fine without any primer anfter 16 months

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Don't use an interior latex paint. It will get dirty and covered in mildew in short order. A high build primer might smooth out the surface before you apply the topcoat.
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Don't use an interior latex paint. It will get dirty and covered in mildew in short order. A high build primer might smooth out the surface before you apply the topcoat.
Just curious what the difference is? I was thinking of using a porch/basement paint.

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Re: interior paint question

My recommendation is a an oil based paint with "low odor". Works well, and any smell that might be there goes away quick with a high durability and "stickiness" to adhere to anything you put it on (other than on latex paint of course). I wouldn't bother with a primer and save your money, instead fill in the cracks and holes with a proper filler and sand nicely, that should be fine.

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Re: interior paint question

I used brightsides with nothing more than a wipe down. Didn't do well with standing water, so sanded and then primed with Kills exterior, and painted. Much better 'bite'. The inside of my boat get soaked during races, so an oil based exterior paint will probably work just fine. I was painting over gel coat.

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Re: interior paint question

A high quality gloss or semigloss enamel will work, while flat or eggshell paints will mildew more easily. Some exterior paints used to have nasty additives in them to keep the mold/mildew at bay, and you don't want to use them inside (even when dry they release small amounts of toxins into the air). I don't think that this is the case anymore. But, you might want to read the label carefully. Bath/kitchen-grade enamels work well. There are some oil-based enamels on the market that clean up like latex paints. These use some sort of emulsion/micro-encapsulation mojo that doesn't release the oil until the paint starts to dry. Very cool stuff. It goes on more or less like latex, but looks like oil-based enamel when dry.

Whatever you use, make sure you scrub the surface with TSP. Scrub the Bejezzus out of it, rinse it, and scrub it again. Wipe it down with acetone or MEK right before you paint. Fiberglass resins have a wax mixed in with them that rises to the surface as it cures (sometimes it's sprayed on afterwards, but the effect is the same). This wax seals the surface from the air and allows the resin to fully cure (otherwise it will always be a bit tacky). If you don't get ALL of this wax off, the paint will eventually peel. A PO of my boat painted some surfaces without taking the wax off, and now I'm having to deal with it -- not fun.

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Re: interior paint question

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I am down to mostly fiberglass on the interior hull ... any suggestions for further prep before I paint ... perhaps a base coat of some kind to fill in the ridges and smooth ... planning on using good quality latex ...

Thanks in advance
You might find it worth picking up a copy of Don Casey's book, "This Old Boat". It contains a wealth of information including the merits of various paints.

FWIW...

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