To flatten or not to flatten - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2012 Thread Starter
Member
 
mbowser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 98
Thanks: 6
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
To flatten or not to flatten

I am approaching the point in my Alberg 35 recore/restoration where I have to decide whether to add a flattening agent to the final coat on the decks. I've done 2 coats of Interlux Perfection on all the areas that will be exposed (cabin top sides and the deck perimeter/bulwark). I will be using KiwiGrip for the non-skid areas which is already non-glossy.

I had planned on adding flattening agent to give a semi-gloss or satin finish to the cabin top and deck perimeter surfaces to cut down on glare, but after 2 coats, I am really liking the glossy finish. Now I'm rethinking my original decision to add the flattening agent to the final coat and I'm wondering if the glare from the exposed surfaces will be a real problem or is it sufficient to make sure the non-skid areas (KiwiGrip) are not glossy?

Photos here: Magic #16: Woohoo! Paint Time

Any thoughts appreciated.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mbowser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 09-13-2012
Just another Moderator
 
Faster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Westminster, BC
Posts: 16,534
Thanks: 104
Thanked 310 Times in 300 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Re: To flatten or not to flatten

If you've got KiwiGrip on the majority of the deck area and cabin top I'd not worry about glare from the remaining gloss... even if you're using a bright white for the non-non-skid areas. You already like the glossy look, it will be easier to keep clean as well.

On a previous boat we did the entire deck in white, including nonskid areas, and never really had an issue with glare.. generally if it's that bright out you're already wearing sunglasses anyhow.... and the white was much cooler underfoot than the original grey.

Ron

1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"

".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Faster is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 6 Old 09-13-2012
Barquito
 
Barquito's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 2,254
Thanks: 0
Thanked 27 Times in 27 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
Re: To flatten or not to flatten

That paint looks good. I think most of the areas that would have caused glare problems are the horizontal surfaces and they have non-skid anyway. I would keep the beautiful shine.

Bristol 27
Cirque
Barquito is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 6 Old 09-13-2012 Thread Starter
Member
 
mbowser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 98
Thanks: 6
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
Re: To flatten or not to flatten

Thanks for the responses, I think I am going to forgo the flattener for the third coat and stay with the high gloss. After looking at a complete disaster for several years, the shiny cabin top will be the icing on the cake!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mbowser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 6 Old 09-14-2012
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 375
Thanks: 0
Thanked 25 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
Re: To flatten or not to flatten

Good decision!
I did add flattening agent on my previous boat paint and I can tell that the gloss is much easier to keep clean and it last longer - the flattened paint becomes kind of chalky after a few years.
The small amount of surface left exposed will not have any impact on glare and will look great.
I just completed my Kiwi Grip application and it was easy. I spent a lot of time masking, ensuring rounded corners, etc. I used a serrated spreader (1/8) for the KW and the small roller, I am really satisfied.
BTW, great paint job and good luck with the project.
SVTatia is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 6 Old 09-16-2012 Thread Starter
Member
 
mbowser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 98
Thanks: 6
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 15
 
Re: To flatten or not to flatten

I'm happy with my decision, got the third and final coat on today and it looks great (as long as you don't inspect too closely ). I'm looking forward to the KiwiGrip project, I've heard good things about it, but it's new territory for me so lots of on the job learning in the coming weeks. I'm sketching out the taping pattern tonight. I'm pretty sure that will be the bulk of the time spent on the project. I'll be getting a notched spreader like you recommended tomorrow.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mbowser is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome