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GUNFISH posted 08-08-2003 12:48 PM ET (US)   Profile for GUNFISH   Send Email to GUNFISH  
My boat has bottom paint in very poor condition. It was on the boat when I bought it, as the previous owner kept the boat at his dock in saltwater. My question is this, with the boat now being kept on its trailer in my garage, is there a glossy type of paint I could use to replace the old bottom paint? It doesn't need to control growth as the boat is taken out of the water after each use. Any help would be appreciated.
Bigshot posted 08-08-2003 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Being a 13' why not strip the bottom. Do the transom first and see how easy/hard it is. If not you can paint it with a gloss but rmrmber that stuff is not supposed to stick to bottom paint, that includes other paint.
Kingsteven18 posted 08-08-2003 03:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I highly recommend Interlux Performance Epoxy. It's white, 2 part (#127/128), glossy, designed for trailered and rack kept boats. I've used it a couple of times and am very happy with it.
RSGAULT posted 08-09-2003 12:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for RSGAULT  Send Email to RSGAULT     
I have a 13' sport that I am about to refinish with Performance Epoxy. Do you have any suggestions or info. regarding this paint? Did you spray, roll or brush to apply. I plan on four coats with the last coat being wet sanded smooth.
Kingsteven18 posted 08-09-2003 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I used it on a ratty boat and wasn't that concerned about the appearance. I used a foam trim roller from WalMart. The refills fall apart so you need a bunch. The finish was little like orange peel. I didn't sand between coats or at all. You can spray it but need their thinner. Or you can roll it followed by a fine brush to smooth it. Nice bright white and hard.
GUNFISH posted 08-11-2003 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for GUNFISH  Send Email to GUNFISH     
Thanks for the advice,guys. Now if I can just get used to lying on the garage floor for a few months while I get rid of the old paint!
adaps4 posted 08-11-2003 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for adaps4  Send Email to adaps4     
Flip that bad boy- 1 hour of hard work getting engine off, removing anything you don't want crushed, and putting back on trailer or workhorses- will more than make up for the back and neck pain you will most assuredly receive.

The trick I used was laying down 2x4s across the trailer. When flipped upside down on the trailer, just put towels under contact points to avoid marring. Remember to pad the front of the boat too, as it will be resting on the crossmember of the trailer.

RSGAULT posted 08-11-2003 11:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for RSGAULT  Send Email to RSGAULT     
I slid my 13 off onto the lawn then flipped it over. It was very easy to do after stripping everything off the boat. I then used carpeted 2x4s, a floor jack, concrete blocks and 4x4s to raise it back up high enough to roll the trailer back under it. With a little planning and some friends you can lift it without any jacking or blocking necessary. I just happened to do it by myself without assistance. It made stripping the old bottom paint easier than doing it upside down while it is falling in your face. Good luck.

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