May 5, 2010

After You - Paint!

I have a coat on the bottom, sanded. I've already done the ceiling in the cabin and now the port wall and starboard face -- white only. Wanted to get as much paint on since we're going up north for a few days and I wanted to let it dry and cure for as long as possible.

It's looking more and more like I'll be dropping it back on it's head after this side is done. First, to let this side dry and cure as much as possible, as well as getting another coat on the bottom. I know I can paint sides while they're upright, but I figure the more surfaces I can paint flat, the better.

6 comments:

zambonidriver.com said...

What kind of paint are you using? I just did some interior painting on my cuddy and am going to be doing a lot more in the next couple weeks.

robert said...

I am using a ridiculous paint. Got it at Menard's and it's an industrial maintenance paint. Not too spendy, but not cheap. Oil based, but feels pretty thick. Sadly, it's gloss, which always shows blemishes so well.. I got it as another layer of sealing on the hull, and am using it inside on bare wood to seal and paint. When it dries it's almost epoxy-like. It seems to bond well with actual epoxy, but takes much longer to cure in those cases. I like it so far.

zambonidriver.com said...

cool. I'm using a serwin williams epoxy paint. Tile clad. It's kind of a pain cause it's 2 part and you have to let it sit for an hour after you mix it before you apply. It's a very hard finish though. I know other builders that just use porch paint for the exterior and have been happy. I'm thinking about going that way for the outside.

robert said...

Yeah, Porch Paint is really popular in the "plywood boat in your garage middle ager" category. Lots of those folks just caulk and porchpaint. Period. Doing research I'm seeing that my paint is essentially oil based porch paint. Although I'm reading everywhere that Latex is king - even over oil nowadays. I don't know if I'd want Latex on the bottom of a boat?

zambonidriver.com said...

certainly not on something that's gonna sit in the water for any length of time, but who knows for short trips, maybe it'd be ok. For my dory, I got some copper powder and mixed it with epoxy and that was it. It made a really hard very waterproof surface that looks like a shiny penny.

robert said...

I'm going to write a big post about it, but my paint plan kinda flopped. The industrial stuff never cured when near the epoxy. So I had to remove it and went with Porch Paint. Problem solved. (It did, however, work well on the interior, but is probably overkill.) One step forward, one and a half steps back.

Epoxy and copper powder? Any UV concerns? I thought Epoxy needed to be covered to deal with UV.