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What would cause this?

Hello,

I went to look at a 1981 Halman 27 yesterday, one day before it was hauled out for the season. I'll go and look again next week when it's on it's cradle. The owner has made some great practical additions but when I removed the plywood covers on the V-berths it smelled like paint underneath and was sticky/chaulky.I asked if these were recently painted and he said no, but you will always experience moisture problems on a boat.

Can you please offer an opinion?

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Could be mold, maybe he fibbed and did paint it a few days ago. Was it wet to the touch?
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Would be surprised what paint can do when its left in moist condition for a long time- it may have been painted and never properly ventilated
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Re: What would cause this?

When you go back in a week, check it again. If it has subsided, he may be lying to you and, if so, I would pass. Most likely other cover ups too. It isn't the moisture I would worry about, it's the story.

BTW, all boats have moisture, not all have moisture problems.


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Ventilation is always a challenge on a boat. Lockers can smell like paint for a long time if they are poorly ventilated.
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I may misunderstand. Is the seller admitting it was painted at all?


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maybe it was painted a long time ago with only 1 part of a 2 part paint , so it never properly cured .
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Re: What would cause this?

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When I went below I did not smell paint at all, it was only when I removed the lids in the V berth area. It smelled of paint and the tips of my fingers had white stickychalky damp paint on them, like it never cured. I asked him, did you paint these recently and he replied no...you will always have moisture issues on board any boat he said.
I believe he did not paint the underside recently, because the tops were dry?

I do think it was a moisture problem there...why?

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wet bilge-- a leak topsides from deck fittings, mast boot, if keel stepped mast, paint not applied correctly...no ventilation, altho , in my many years of dealing with boats, i have never experienced this problem...even this once severely wet boat didnt have that problem....


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Re: What would cause this?

I have not seen this condition on boats, but sounds like latex paint on a damp surface.

Painter did not dry the surface or painted to early in the morning with some dew still present. The paint does not properly bond with the surface and will come loose in small sheets or become powdery, or have blisters with trapped moisture.

I would assume if no ventilation then the paint may never dry, and hold some of the moisture.

Next time you go to the boat take a alcohol based hand wipe and wipe down to the original surface, if the paint comes off easily then it is not adhered to the substrate.

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