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Need advice on painting

Ahoy all!

Well here goes; my first post!

I just bought a C-Lark 14í thatís in need of a paint job. I looked through my Defender catalog for paint and Iím at a loss.

What do I use for paint on a fiberglass hull?

What is the process in painting a boat like this? Do I have to sand between coats?

Iíve seen people roll paint on a boat, but how do I do this and achieve a nice smooth, glossy surface?

I canít think of a nice racing paint job so I think I will just paint her white to get in the water.

Please share your tips on painting and recommendations for the best quality, low cost marine paint.

Can't post photos just yet so check out my C-Lark gallery on my sailnet profile.
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Re: Need advice on painting

After you get the boat in good working order and your sure it functions and does NOT need unseen repairs that would jackup your paint work start thinking about it

The BEST thing would be polish up the gelcoat and if that is to far gone then your into easy paint or good paint

Good paint is much more work and much harder to apply easy paint is quick and painless and if you carful will work out fine
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Re: Need advice on painting

I like your idea in regards to getting her all in sailing order before painting.

Can I drop her in the water in her current condition? Or should she have a coat of paint on before getting wet?

If it's okay to take her out now to check over everything, how do I go about polishing up the gelcoat as you've suggested?
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Re: Need advice on painting

Here's some great info on how to bring gelcoat back.

http://forums.sbo.sailboatowners.com...d.php?t=117266

May be more than you want to take on, but you'll get some great tips even if you decide to take some shortcuts.

If you are going to leave the boat in the water at a slip or mooring, you will need bottom paint.
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Nah, she'll be trailered so I can enjoy all the nice places to launch here in the Pacific NW.

I'll check out the link and start learning! Cheers!
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Re: Need advice on painting

In time, when you're ready, it's definitely feasible to "tip and roll" with a two part paint like Interlux Perfection. That's where you apply with a roller and smooth with a brush while keeping a wet edge. 85% of the work is preparing the surface and prepping each layer between each coat. Lots of sanding.
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Sounds like it'll take a bit of learning to do, but learning new skills is a good thing.
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Re: Need advice on painting

Agree with Tommay's: stick with gelcoat as long as possible. It's many times thicker than what you would use for paint, is easier to take care of and holds up much better. Painting is forever, as in : "If you paint once, you will be painting forever." If you do end up painting, go with a 2-part poly, as suggested. It looks good and lasts better than the one-part paints. The extensive prep work needed for good results is about the same for both one or two-part paints, and you will want to go through it as infrequently as possible. We tested one-part before painting our deck, and found it lasted about a week before dings, shoes and washing marred its surface beyond consideration. The two-part paint we used held up about 10 years, and now needs touch-ups in high-traffic/heavy chafe areas. Have fun sailing, not painting!
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Re: Need advice on painting

I agree however she won't be pretty. The fiberglass has had some patchwork done so a paint job will hid that. But as you said, it'll also mean a LOT of painting over the years...

I think for the time being I will just shine the gelcoat up and check her out in the water
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.. the good news is that when you're out sailing you don't see the ugliness... it's out of mind....
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