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  1. Need Advice on Odor-Sealing Paint

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello all, I just purchased a 28' Pearson with a extremely bad head/hose/holding tank odor. All original. I removed all the old hoses, toilet, tanks and couplings and am planning to replace with a composting head. we are day/weekend sailors. After removing all the above, washing with a bleach...
  2. Need Advice on Odor-Sealing Paint

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello all, I just purchased a 28' Pearson with a extremely bad head/hose/holding tank odor. All original. I removed all the old hoses, toilet, tanks and couplings and am planning to replace with a composting head. we are day/weekend sailors. After removing all the above, washing with a...
  3. Ok to spray paint Kiwi Prop?

    I just had my 2007 Beneteau 323 bottom painted and my Kiwi prop lubricated and painted. I noticed that they spray painted the prop with a non ablative grey paint. I had not had the prop spray painted before. I took the boat out the next day and found that at rpms above 2000, the shaft starts...
  4. Favorite color schemes and paint jobs

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hey all, I'm planning on re-painting the decks and topsides of my 1974 Islander 30 MII some time this winter. Since I'm going to go through all the work to prep and paint, I'd prefer to give it a little bit of style and really make it feel like my own-- a standard white/gray/beige deck just...
  5. Gel coat crazing repairable or should I prep to paint?

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hey everyone! I have read through MaineSail's sticky on compounding and polishing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will definitely make use of the knowledge in the future. I've got a 1976 Bristol 27 which has some major gelcoat crazing/alligatoring. As i slowly make my way through the...
  6. Interior paint for wall panels

    Gear & Maintenance
    The 1979 Pearson, with good intentions, includes a synthetic teak wall material inside the cabin. The trim is real teak. It doesn't look terrible, but it isn't beautiful either. I'm exploring different ideas to sharpen and brighten the interior cabin. One idea is to paint the wall panels a...
  7. Sunfish Bottom Paint

    Gear & Maintenance
    Good morning, I am working on restoring an old sunfish. :boat : I want to paint the bottom. The boat is stored inside in the winter, and on racks upside down June - August. It is sailed 2-3 times per week, sometimes for up to six hours in the water. I am looking for a paint with the...
  8. Paint for cockpit sole?

    Gear & Maintenance
    The awlgrip paint on our 28' sailboat is in great condition - except for the cockpit sole. There are cracks everywhere and chips are starting to break loose. I suspect it's starting to get quite wet, never drying out and then freezing during the winter lay up, making things worse. I don't...
  9. Deck Painting Project - Topside Paint & Compatible Primers

    Gear & Maintenance
    Third round of questions for this novice... I'm 2 days away from painting and have some concerns I need advice on before I screw something up. So far my prep work has consisted of filling all cracks and dings with epoxy, sanding those spots smooth, sanding down areas with excessive spider...
  10. Painting Deck & Topside using Spray Machine

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi all. I've had my heart set on painting my entire 29' ericson before I drop it in the water this coming month. All winter long I've been doing research on proper techniques and preparation. Research has been fruitless because all the "do it yourself" instructions out there are for painting by...
  11. Has anyone used painted coatings with electrodes as a form of antifouling?

    Gear & Maintenance
    We have a 3 year old Dufour anthe time is approaching for us to haul her out and antifoul her for the med waters. She has previously been painted with Hempel antifouling but we had decided to take the plunge and coppercoat her this year for longevity. However someone mentioned a new system...
  12. Mast Paint

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have some corrosion on my mast base... From my recent survey, "There is light corrosion built up at the mast wire pass-thru at the base clear, clean & re-inspect. Make repairs if found necessary." The corrosion is limited to the bottom 3-6", so I plan to only remove the paint from the bottom...
  13. Interlux Perfection Paint Problems

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, So i've been running into issues with painting the top side of my San Juan 23 with Interlux Perfection. There are two main issues. One is with paint runs, and the other is paint rollers breaking down. Concerning paint runs, I recently finished the second coat. I added roughly 10% N233...
  14. Alberg 35 Hull Painting Coverage

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hey everyone, I'm on the home stretch of a complete strip of my hull down to the gelcoat, and I thought I'd post a few pieces of information about paint coverage and surface area that I couldn't find anywhere before I started so that hopefully, the next time someone is googling around for info...
  15. Refinishing Wooden Spreaders

    Gear & Maintenance
    Since I'm doing a bit of mast down rigging and replacing wiring/antenna, I have my wooden spreaders off. After a light sanding with a pad sander, they look very good but need a protective finish. The simplest is to varnish, sand, varnish, sand until I build up 6 coats or more. Another option...
  16. Removing painted numbers over gel coat

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have some faded registration numbers painted on my boat and want to remove them. It is a fiberglass boat with a gelcoat finish. What can I use to safely remove the numbers without harming the gelcoat? I do not know what type of paint it is but it appears to have been on there for a couple decades.
  17. Painting the deck....

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello all, Amateur here looking for some solid advice.... The gelcoat on my grampian is old and hazy... Cracking and just all around worn n weathered. I can't afford to go crazy and repaint the entire boat hull & deck... Nor do i want to start the project and remove all the hardware attached to...
  18. 1969 C&C Redwing 30 Deck/Hull Joint

    C & C
    I refurbished my 1969 C&C Redwing last year. I found the deck to hull joint was a big source of water down below. I completely removed the rub rail to expose the joint and found the rub rail was acting as a gasket between the deck and hull joint. The cost of a new rub rail was too great and...
  19. Painting Cleats!

    Gear & Maintenance
    Does anyone have experience painting cleats? I have several cleats on my deck that were painted (original factory paint I assume) but are now scaling off. I'm assuming some of these original Pearson cleats are coated bronze. What paint holds up to rope friction?
  20. Allgrip color- Stars and Stripes blue?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Awlgrip color- Stars and Stripes blue? Anyone know which Awlgrip color best matches Stars and Stripes blue? I love the blue gray that Stars and Strips achieved but need to know which standard Awlgrip color will be closest. Post your Picts if you have them