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mountforever 07-22-2009 09:38 PM

painting the side strip of my boat
How do I do this? The bottom was recently hauled out and painted by professionals but now I want to paint the side stripe. I was to change the color completely and also paint in the white gap above the stripe.What do I need to use as a primer and what kind of boating paint should i buy to paint the final coat? Also I will probably go with yellow, but I was thinking about doing an oil based paint that is metallic gold...any suggestions? Can i just get metallic gold in an oil base at the kelly moore store or marine grade only. Thanks!

LarryandSusanMacDonald 07-22-2009 10:34 PM

If the stripe you're referring to is the sheer stripe, that is the stripe next to the deck, if you can afford it, I'd let the pro's do it, too.

But if it is the boot stripe, you might consider the vinyl stripping - it is similar to the vinyl which is used for the names on the sterns of boats, but comes in rolls. It's easy, (take your time and get the bubbles out) it's not expensive, (compared to paint) it's available in almost any color you want (including metallic gold) and it lasts a long time. I put a boot stripe on our boat 12 years ago in vinyl and it's still in good shape. Metallic gold paint can be very pricey.

Post pix when you're done.

mountforever 07-23-2009 06:56 PM

the boot stripe is the easy one. I'm talking about the sheer stripe. I'd like to go a bit bigger than the sheer stripe. Any recommendations for a type of primer? to go on the topside?

Sailormann 07-23-2009 08:00 PM

You can easily use vinyl there as well. Many boats do so. There is a vinyl that comes with a clear upper layer that you peel off leaving a very thin permanent stripe - it's about the same depth as paint and much easier to get a perfect finish.

Be careful when you are applying the tape. You need to stretch it a little bit to conform to the curves of the hull, but do not stretch it too much or it will bag.

mountforever 07-23-2009 08:05 PM

vinyl is out for me. i want to change the shape of the stripe. i want it to have a slight curve. just looking for the right type of primers.

Sailormann 07-23-2009 11:44 PM

Your primer depends on what your final paint will be. Each paint company makes primers for its paints. Decide what paint you are going to use and then get the correct primer for it.

You need to mask off your stripe, clean the area completely with acetone or similar, then sand it lightly to give the paint some tooth. Clean it with acetone or something similar again. Make sure that there is nothing there that can affect the adhesion of your paint. Don't rush this prep.

Prime it and then paint it. You'll get the best result with a roller. Pro's usually spray but if you are careful and apply many light coats then you will probably get a decent result rolling it. Make sure that your paint will not eat your roller.

You can use marine or automobile paint. They are quite similar and the sheer stripe is usually not submerged enough to worry.

hellosailor 07-24-2009 12:23 AM

The only "right" primer is the one recommended by the finish paint manufacturer. And since you want metallic gold, good luck. First you'll need to find a metallic gold paint that you like the color of--they all vary and vary more as they age--and then you'll need to find it for marine use, or at least outdoor use in the damp. Since most of them use bronze dust or similar "golden not gold" pigments, they're all susceptible to oxidizing, especially if you don't clear coat over them.

There are some very real and practical reasons to use a high quality "gold" vinyl. It is going to look much better, last much longer, and be much cheaper.

But if you really want to do the job right, then you prep the surface and apply genuine 24k gilding where you want the stripe. And overcoat it with a UV protectant or varnish. And do your annual maintenance, re-applying as needed. Gilding is still the ultimate gold finish, and surprisingly affordable since the gilding foil is so exceedingly thin that it is affordable.

mountforever 07-26-2009 01:46 AM

i think i'm going to go with 1 shot. i've had god results on outdor stuff i nthe past and with a good varethane clear coat i should be ok i think,=.

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