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Fastbottoms: Sorry for the (temporary) thread hyjack but I got a couple of quick questions: 1) Can I still a spray job at Svendson's? 2) What hard paint do you recommend? This is for Freya, the C34 in Marina Village. I now return you to the regular thread. Thanks for the interruption.
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1) Can I still a spray job at Svendson's?
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2) What hard paint do you recommend?
Pettit Trinidad. Most effective, most durable anti fouling paint available in California.
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Think of it as a cheat sheet for those of us who don't know what we're doing.
How 'bout some "how to" videos?


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I also have good things to say about West Marine CPP ablative. Not too expensive and has worked well in the brackish waters of the upper Chesapeake.

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I think I will go for the West Marine CPP ablative. I looked it up on line and it is not too expensive. Are there specific brushes or other tools I should get?
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I think that ablative bottom paint is pretty forgiving.... it's not like a topsides paint with a sheen where you need to worry about stroke lines. I use a standard nap paint roller and pan and the cheapest bristle brushes I can find at the hardware store.

Be sure to wear gloves.

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Re: First time bottom painting

Don't waste your money on expensive paint brushes for a bottom paint job. Bottom paint kills brushes and rollers quickly. A chip brush (cheap throw away brush) might be handy to have but I use the 6 or 8" foam rollers to do the job.
You need to use a low nap roller to apply this stuff. If you have to use the standard size roller make sure it is like 1/8" or 1/4" thick.
Do yourself a favor: buy a drill operated paint stirrer at HD or Lowes because this stuff settles out quickly and needs to be well mixed for best results. If you think you can get away with a wood paint stirrer then think again. Don't ask me how I know this.
For a thinner/clean up liquid I use Interlux Special Thinner 216 but you could probably use lacquer thinner with similar results - both are kind of nasty.
Wiping the hull down with the #216 thinner before you paint is probably a good idea too.

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Stirring AF

If you can get the store to do it for you to begin with on their shaker machine. THEN when you are ready to roll the paint on pour the tine into a bucket that is at least TWICE the size of the tin and stir. N.B. You need to restir every 5 - 10 minutes.

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Use a 8 to 10 inch 3/8" nap solvent-resistant roller N.B. BE CAREFUL ABOUT USING DOMESTIC PAINT ROLLERS AF antifouling uses powerful solvents which may cause a roller to disintegrate as you use it. [ Ask me how I know this. ]

2 inch chip brush is needed for the odd corner.

If you can move your stands / supports keep some poly sheet handy to protect the new paint.
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[QUOTE=Fstbttms;880559]How 'bout some "how to" videos?

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Videos work. Thanks!
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Re: First time bottom painting

I got one those plastic spouts that clip to the edge of the paint can. Way less spillage pouring it into the tray that way. You need to mix the paint frequently and not pour a lot into the tray at once, so there will be lots of pouring. Definitely get a metal drill paint stirrer and a have a decent drill to power it with. A little cordless one won't cut it.

I got a paper bucket and poured half the paint in there at first, then mixed each half, put them back in the can and mixed some more. A 2 gal bucket to mix the 1 gal of paint in would probably be easier. It will be very hard to mix a full gallon.

You'll want a respirator with organic vapor cartridges. A paint suit is nice too. And goggles or safety glasses. Painting under a boat is messy.

And get knee pads too, as you'll be on your knees under the boat a lot.
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