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What type of primer/paint?

I am painting the freeboard of a 30 year old boat, kept in freshwater, that I will probably own for another 3-4 years. I have sanded and repaired the hull and I'm ready to paint. I'm an experienced painter with everything EXCEPT cars and boats so I need advice on a fairly durable and reasonably priced paint system of primer and topcoat. My plan, until I hear something better, is to tip/roll the primer on, sand, then spray on the topcoat. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: What type of primer/paint?

I did the freeboard on my dad's 40 foot trawler and we did not use a primer, good little scuff with 120 grit on an orbital sander and a 2 part paint as it is much more durable than single part paint. Rolled and tipped the whole show turned out great. no regrets
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Re: What type of primer/paint?

I found Interlux products (both Brightsides and Perfection) look great. However, you need really good conditions for at least the final coat. Needs to be between 60-80 degrees, out of direct sun, and very little, or no wind. With Interlux, you can roll and tip the final coat, and get good results.

There is an article somewhere that describes rolling only (to tipping) Awlgrip. I think the trick with that was getting the thinner just right.

Painting my boat has been tricky. It really has taken a bit of practice to get the paint to go on w/o errors.
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Re: What type of primer/paint?

You will do MUCH better spraying the primer material like Awlgrip 545 EASY to spray and while dangerous the hazard can be controlled

As the quality of the wet sanding on the primer has a huge effect on the appearance of the Topcoat

If you roll & tip the primer you will be sanding off as much as you put on

The paint well IMHP it is kind of a waste to put in that much labor and then use a one part paint and the two part roll & tip paints will lay down nicely and avoid the toxic issues with spraying it
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