Saturday, March 16, 2013

Hull Paint - Spray Rustoleum

Time for more work on Rose"Bud" she needs some areas of exposed fiberglass repaired with epoxy,I use Marine Tex for this type of repair, it seals, does not run and has a structural quality. The white is a pretty good color match also,but this boat needs to be painted as there is a lot of sun damage to the gel coat.

Something rubbed off gelcoat

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Marine tex applied with putty knife, dried and sanded

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Gel coat has chipped off here

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Epoxy putty applied and smoothed

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For a recreational restoration I like to use Rust-oleum spray paint on the hull. It is easy to apply, dries to a smooth finish and can be easily touched up. Painting with a brush or roller tends to leave marks in the paint. Here is what I was able to cover with one can of gloss white. And please note the blue masking tape covering the aluminum trim. That protects it from overspray, the trim looks much better in its natural state vs being painted over.

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Plan on 6 cans for the hull, 4 for the base coat and 2 for the second cover coat

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You might get a runner two if you put too much on at once. Let it dry, sand (which you need to do before second coat anyway) and spray second coat. Tip: A light sanding with 220 or finer scuffs the surface so that you can see where the new smooth shiny coat is going on, and ensure full coverage.

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And as our friend Webb Chiles commented, now the "fiberglass won't rust."


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