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Painting Hull, Deck, and Nonskid

I plan to paint my hull, deck, and nonskid areas and was wondering whether there is a consensus as to the best brand of linear polyurethane to use (for applying by roller and tipping in with a bristle/foam brush)?

Sue & Larry respond: 
We think your plan to go with a two-part linear polyurethane paint is a good one. Its initial gloss and durability is considerably higher than any of the one-part paints. The important caveat that applies here is that it is a little harder to apply correctly. We’ve seen both good and poor examples of most of the major brands of LPU paints that were applied by rolling and tipping. So, a lot of what determines your end result is the degree of surface preparation and a little practice of the technique before working on the real thing. Learning exactly how much to thin the paint for a given temperature and humidity plays an important role as well.

As to what brands are best, you can’t go wrong by sticking with major brands like Awlgrip and Interthane Plus. As a special note, we’ve seen very good results from a topside paint called Signature Finish. The users have additionally reported that it was especially easy to apply using the roll and tip method.

For more information on these products, check out their websites:,, and


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