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I've sanded my rudder down to remove years of being painted (not by me) and am now ready to repaint.. what degreaser if needed should be used to make sure all is clean and then what paint should be use to repaint rudder.. have read somewhere that Rustoleum Acrylic is a good one but can't find anything more.. open for suggestions.. boat is kept in fresh water 8 month/year Thanx Jim C
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Well Jim. you wrote that like we are looking over your shoulder. If it's in the water most of the year you need bottom paint. Is the rudder wood or glass and foam? The latter of which gets water logged no matter how careful we are.

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Denise.. thanx rudder is fiberglass.. does this help
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What boat? On a trailer or moored/docked? Ocean or lake?

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boat is O'day 23 --> 1978 on trailer in drive way... when docked it's in fresh water only about 8mo/yr --> I've sanded down rudder and now ready to repaint.. have read that Rustolium Acryalic is good.. any comments on this
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I would suggest interprotect 2000 followed by bottom paint appropriate for your area. Don't know much about freshwater bottom paints, but VC-17 seems to be popular.
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Typically, you use the same paint on your rudder that you use on the bottom. You need anti-fouling, right?

So, what's on the bottom?
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Re: painting rudder on 23' -er

If there is no developed 'blistering' and youre berthed in fresh water, I would suggest VC17 as the paint of choice for fresh water dockage.

Most paints if not specifically formulated for continual water immersion will usually fail and 'lift'.
If the VC-17 is 'burnished' (dry-scrubbing the paint with stiff and shiney 'magazine type' paper until smooth as a babies arse) most 'growth' and 'scum' will usually 'fall off' VC17 when the boat gets up to (high) speed, or with minor occasional scrubbing with an extra long handled scrub brush.

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Thanx Rich, really helpfull, went to a VC12 site and gave me complet directions.. just what I needed.. Thanx again Jim
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