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83bws posted 05-12-2003 01:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for 83bws   Send Email to 83bws  
i just bought a 1988 13ft sport, and it has a few patches on the outside of the hull. I was going to try and paint it myself and I i was told that imron was a good paint to use. I am only 17 so i dont have much experience. I was wandering i i can just roll it on or if there is more to it than that. and if it is hard to use are there any easier paints that i could do myself thanks.
san diego jeff posted 05-12-2003 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for san diego jeff  Send Email to san diego jeff     
Imron is an automotive industry paint. It is best sprayed.
Rolling is difficult at best.
If looking for an inexpensive solution, call your local auto paint facilities and ask what they would charge to spray your boat.
bsmotril posted 05-12-2003 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Suggest you check out Awlgrip paints. They are formulated for the marine environment and very durable. They can be applied without spraying using a technique called Tip and roll (really roll then tip) using a roller followed up immediately with a fine bristle brush. They will level to a fine finish that will be hard to differentiate from a sprayed finish.
doobee posted 05-13-2003 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for doobee  Send Email to doobee     
Imron, Sterling, Awlgrip, and Interthane will all work well using the roll and tip method. From my experience, roll and tip works best with two people, one rolling and one tipping. The key is to use the right amount of reducer, and spread the paint as much as possible. The paint has excellent self leveling qualities when applied in thin coats.
hauptjm posted 05-14-2003 02:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
The absolute top-of-the-line megayachts being made in Europe have almost exclusively gone to tip and roll painting. Since, most of the hulls are either aluminum or glass composites, it apparently makes for a superior finish. They set-up elaborate scaffolding systems with teams of painters working the finish from one end to the other.
Chesapeake posted 05-14-2003 04:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
What is tipping? Just running a brush over the "endline" where a roller stops? Is their much technique involved?
wayne baker posted 05-15-2003 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for wayne baker  Send Email to wayne baker     
83 bws I have used imron clear on bass boats "they" say it is the clear to use. As for color I have used easy poxy and am painting a 15 now with Awl Grip. I think spraying is the way to go. I am here in Port wentworth Ga. if you want to ride over and see my boat and get some ideas. I live about 3 miles off I-95 at the first exit in Ga. E mail me if you want to get together.
bsmotril posted 05-15-2003 09:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Here's a site with more info on the "Tip and Roll" technique:


Chesapeake posted 05-15-2003 11:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Thanks much, Bill.


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