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I was very happy with the Interlux line. It worked as advertised and had very good instructions for use.
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Thanks for all the quick replies. I guess ill just go white if that is the easier route. I forgot to mention how chulky my boat is, when you rub your hand on the side, you get a blue chulk on your hands. The paint on the top deck is fine, ill just wax it. I'm trailin her down to the keys for spring break in a couple of weeks.. mar 10. and i wanted to get her in the best shape for the trip. i go to school at UF and was plannin on trailin her back to tampa for the paint job this weekend. I guess ill have to go back both weekends before the trip to get her in tip top shape. but What brand white paint and primer should i go with? cheaper better, but quility is more important thanks again!
The blue chalk you get on your hands is normal for bottom paint. It's made to melt away slowly in the water.

If you want to be sailing the keys for spring break, throw a coat of gloss latex house paint on it. I wouldn't strip it, and I would have to think long and hard about sanding it. You can get the stripper out and do it right later on.

You just don't have enough time to do this project right, so anything that you do will either look bad, fall off the boat, or more likely both. So you might as well go as cheap as possible (home depot), make it look good from 100 feet away, and go have fun. BTW don't get alkyd oil base paint. It takes a week or more to dry and is harder to remove.
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I need to touch up a few scratches on my navy blue hull. I in no way want to repaint the entire topsides, just cover a place that got scratched when a really high wind-driven tide lifted the boat up so high it pushed the dock fender aside and scratched up an area about 8" X 6". It didn't go all the way down to fibreglass even, just down to the next coat. I got lucky there.

My problem is, how do you match a paint for touchup in a case like this?
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Find out who made the paint, and call their tech line.

Wish I could be more help. I went all last season without a scratch but I know that my turn is coming.
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Thanks US27, Some else mentioned I could get some Shermin Williams marine paint which is decent. I could just paint over it in that? i mean its a light blue, but chulky shitty bottom paint. and then do it right later. or just sell it in a couple of years, on plans of getting a bigger boat.
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No paint is going to stick properly to your old bottom paint. It will never look good. Go cheap for now and plan on stripping it and doing it right. I don't think that a couple of years is even realistic without stripping and doing it right.

Go party it up on spring break, then plan on spending 5-6 weekends hard at it getting the bottom paint off, and good paint on.

Given that your boat is covered in fading blue bottom paint, you'll likely increase the value of the boat by much more than the cost of a good DIY paint job. Plus you get to have a little pride in a job well done.
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That's a good point. Your boat looks stunning, and with a paint job like that, well the ladies would be waitin in line to get on my boat. I just know stipping is going to be so much work. I had a sunfish, and painted the whole boat. took me 3 trys before I got good solid paint on the boat. That is when I finally did it right. Spent 50 bucks on a 1 quart of paint. that wasnt even enough. That is what it takes, your right. me and my buddies spent hours sanding that bitch. Much more time then painting. I need beer money for the trip, so cheap paint goes on for now.
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Find out who made the paint, and call their tech line.

Wish I could be more help. I went all last season without a scratch but I know that my turn is coming.

No way to do that. I have no clue, nor does the PO of my boat, where that paint came from.

I guess I pick up some generic "navy blue" boat paint; it'll look better than the light blue where the scratches are.
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No way to do that. I have no clue, nor does the PO of my boat, where that paint came from.

I guess I pick up some generic "navy blue" boat paint; it'll look better than the light blue where the scratches are.
Go the disguised route and paint an 8" circle in a very different shade of blue or black and put a number or motif in it. To blend dark colours is an art.

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Actually, I've found it really important to ask the PO of the boat what kind of pints he's used (or if he can give you the half-empty tins he's been using to touch-up) when you buy the boat.

I only takes a second: "oh, by the way, do you mind if I keep those tins of paint in the locker?" - and saves much grief later on.

Example: Our Hartley is painted & varnished using only Norglass products. I'd never even heard of them before buying the boat, but I'd swear by them now... heaps cheaper than Interlux and a better finish too!

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