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Location: Portland, OR
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Re: Bilge paint: any brands to favor or avoid?
One caveat about bilge coatings-- do not assume that the factory painted it.
Our present boat, built by Ericson Yachts, and our prior boat, built by Hinterhoeller yachts, both have their bilge areas gel-coated.
Because it was brushed on, probably with some wax added for curing, it is not a shiny slick surface. It's more of a mat surface finish.
I like it because with some roughing up with 40 grit I can epoxy other parts to it for full strength.
You might find that your interior "hidden" surfaces are also poly gel coat.
1988 Olson 34, by Ericson Yachts.
Sail # 28400
Betamarine 25 (new 2018)
RCYC, Portland, Oregon