house Paint for small wooden boat

Discussion in 'Materials' started by minno, Apr 24, 2017.

  1. minno
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    Hi All

    After a lot of research I'm thoroughly confused.

    from everything I've read it sounds like an oil based alkyd enamel over an oil based alkyd primer is the way to go.

    unfortunately oil based gloss enamels are hard to come by in Canada although oil based alkyd sealer/primers are available.

    so would a water based alkyd enamel over the oil based alkyd primer sealer work well?

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  2. Mr Efficiency
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    Is it unpainted, or has been previously painted ?
     
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    it hasn't been painted yet.
     
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    Being unpainted gives you more options. Unless the boat is a work of art, I'd probably opt for a one-pack polyurethane finish, cheap enough and gives a hard-wearing, smooth glossy finish. May be able to apply that direct to the timber, though I'd probably thin with some penetrol to get better adhesion for the initial coat. I'd avoid water-thinned "enamels" as they leave a lot of brush marks.
     
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    Will the boat live out in the weather or be covered most of the time.
     
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    Yeah, clear polyurethane is used for floors, but you presumably want a pigmented version, they are usually found in marine paint product ranges, but there are coloured polyurethane paving paints, for example.
     
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    Porch paint is tough but a bit work boat like.
     
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  10. minno
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    Thanks Guys :)

    I've been looking at the Armor Coat from Canadian Tire Gonzo posted, I'll go with that one, it's alkyd porch paint fortified with polyurethane, that covers all recommendations:)

    I'm putting it on over oil based alkyd primer, and I'm prepping the surface by scrubbing with detergent, sanding, and wiping it down with denatured alcohol, should stick ok, hope so, I haven't learned to like painting yet :)

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    Just make sure the primer and finish coat are compatible. Consult the finish coat can's instructions about that. I know polyurethane finishes do not adhere well to alkyd undercoats.
     

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    Thanks for the heads up Mr.E

    they say it can be put on bare wood as is but recommend using 10% paint thinner for the first coat.

    Stay Safe

    BalzOut
     
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