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03-24-2004 09:36 AM
RichH
If not bottom paint, what?

Yup! I learned this the hard way.

You can check with each paint manufacturer that their topside coatings will not last long when immersed for long periods of time such as on a long tern constant heel. NO such topside paint will last but a few days when immersed... but plain old alkyd enamel will last the longest.
.... Been there, T shirt. Will never ever ever again paint a boat''s topsides.

You can simply remove topside paint by wetting towels, covering with sealed saran wrap, etc. .... no need for strippers, etc. Paint just falls off after a 2 week soak!
03-24-2004 07:23 AM
mikehoyt
If not bottom paint, what?

Two Part Polyurethane coatings such as Interlux Interthane Plus are not designed for under water applications. I imagine that Awlgrip and Emron would be no different.

The paint will fail if left in the water long enough. You can contact Interlux using the contact numbers on www.yachtpaint.com to conform the best solution using their products. I am sure other manufacturers such as US Paint will also have contact numbers so that you can ask about Awlgrip, etc...

Mike
03-24-2004 06:53 AM
clayton
If not bottom paint, what?

I''ve heard of boats with Awlgrip that after a long passage on one tack, have had serious failure on the side that was in salt water.
03-23-2004 05:31 PM
sailnaway
If not bottom paint, what?

The Interlux is Trilux 33 but it says nothing of trailer applications. I looked further and Pettit makes a bright white for trailer use paint called Vivid $149.99 gal at West Marine or cheeper if you shop around.
03-23-2004 04:26 AM
sailnaway
If not bottom paint, what?

I think you would be better off with Emeron on the hull because if it gets chipped you can sand and repair that area. Algrip is not very forgiving paint it is very brittle and hard to feather and touch up. Also I think you will find that Interlux makes a white bottom paint I THINK? I have seen it and it looks great just make sure it is trailerabul bottom paint.
03-19-2004 10:27 AM
HeartofGold
If not bottom paint, what?

I wanted to thank everyone for the advice. I just ordered white EPaint EP2000. Though it is intended for racers, I hope I will be happy with the results (as slow as my little pig is, I need all the help I can get!). The paint is non copper based, and may be hauled out without affecting the paint''s preformance. It is not cheap, but I hope it will serve me well. Thanks again kablotsky for the tip. I will repost here in 2 weeks or so to let everyone know how the painting goes.

Doug
03-11-2004 01:01 PM
hamiam
If not bottom paint, what?

and there are clear bottom paints.. if that''s of interest.
03-11-2004 11:31 AM
HeartofGold
If not bottom paint, what?

Thanks for the tip, kablotsky. I will certainly look into this!
03-11-2004 10:38 AM
kablotsky
If not bottom paint, what?

There are white bottom (anti-fouling) paints.
I have no personal experience with them, but I have heard good things about epaint (http://www.epaint.net/solventborne.html) which offers white.
03-10-2004 12:04 PM
HeartofGold
If not bottom paint, what?

As I said, I want to do a quick paint with Awlgrip (I know, that''s an oxymoron), but I am posting my question here because I want to keep an open mind. Though I like the look of the white, my main objective is to hide the areas of fairing. My main questions are: Is painting (with a topside paint) a good idea? and What other alternatives should I be considering?

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