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Sinclair7 posted 08-01-2001 09:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for Sinclair7   Send Email to Sinclair7  
Has anyone had luck painting the hull themselves. I stripped down the hull of my 13 but it is not perfect.I think the most economical and practical way to deal with this is to paint. While I type "ship shape tv" is on and their dealing with this subject. If anyone has any ideas on paint and how to apply it, please help.
buster1389 posted 08-02-2001 09:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for buster1389  Send Email to buster1389     
I am awlgripping my 62' 13. I its not perfect either, but seems to look pretty good after beeing primed and painted with the first coat
John W posted 08-02-2001 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     
See the "Awlgrip" post below. I've painted several boats, you can definitely do it yourself if you're willing to put in some work. Your choices are either a two-part polyurethane such as Sterling, Awlgrip, Imron, etc., or a one part topsides paint such as Interlux "Brightsides", Toplac, or Petit Easypoxy.

The one part paints are easy to use and give decent results. These paints will last several years if prepped right, but they're not great about dealing with abrasion.

The two part paints are smelly & require you to wear a gas mask, harder to work with & require more prep work...but the results can be absolutely fantastic, your boat can look new again. The 2 part paints will handle abraision very well and will last 10+ years in the sun and indefinitely if you store the boat out of the sun. I would reccommend using a two part paint, and the Sterling brand in particular. Sterling has an instruction booklet for using a roller & brush instead of spraying...I would get it & throroughly review it prior to getting started.

buster1389 posted 08-02-2001 01:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for buster1389  Send Email to buster1389     
I have worked with awlgrip numerous times. and have found it not to be the easiest paint to work with. it takes some getting used to. I have heard sterling is easier to apply, but it is harder to find a distributor for it.
sthoms posted 08-02-2001 09:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for sthoms  Send Email to sthoms     
West Marine sells both AwlGrip and Sterling.
JimU posted 08-06-2001 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
Try Interlux Interthane Plus. Go to their website, They have an 800 num and excellent technical help.I have used and they are great. JIM
John W posted 08-07-2001 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for John W  Send Email to John W     
JimU, I have also used Interthane Plus and have found Sterling MUCH easier to work with, less likely to sag or drip, self-levels better, etc. This was using roll & brush method with both paints. Final results were excellent with both paints but the Sterling is easier if you're using a roller. We were having to sand down coats due to almost unavoidable drips & sags with the Interthane. Becuase of the trouble we were having, I asked the paint expert at a major marina that refits large yachts & he told me the Interthane was very hard to work with as a roll & brush paint & suggested the Sterling. If you're spraying I suppose it wouldn't matter which brand.

This was 6 or 8 years ago so Interthane may have changed their paint to make it easier to use since then. But I will continue to favor the Sterling.

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