Refinishing Canoe

Discussion in 'Projects & Proposals' started by Lilmagoo1, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Lilmagoo1
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    Lilmagoo1 New Member

    Hello all,

    This is my first time having a boat. One of my friends no longer had a need for this and my wife and I had a baby boy and said go make memories and gifted me the boat. I am not sure of the make but it is about 30 years okd from what he told me. It was his dads and his dad gave it to him. He is now 60 so it may even be older than 30 years. It is a fiberglass boat from what I can tell but the exterior paint which has been repainted a few times from what I can tell is pretty rough. See images. I know the Yoke is broken and I am either going to buy one or make one. But the refinishing of the exterior is my concern. This is my first tome doing anything like this so i dont want to do anythong too drastic.

    This is my plan of action:
    1.Sand off the old paint with an orbital sander
    2. Fix any low spots (what would I use?)
    3. Repaint (I want to go back with the same color as it is now to honor his father) what kind of paint do I use?
    4. Clear coat? Or some kind of sealant? Is this required?
    4. Interior i was thinking of using like a truck bed coating on the interior. Or what is the best thing to use. The interior is in fine shape from what I can tell.

    The boat is already pretty heavy i would say about 80 lbs so i dont want to add a great deal of weight if I can avoid it.

    Thanks for your help!
     

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  2. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Welcome to the forum.

    You don't need to remove the previous paint, though the loose stuff should be knocked off. Sand the hull to expose loose and peeling stuff, then use a filler to fill the resulting valleys left by bits of the previous paint. If the paint isn't too thick a few coats of building primer can be used to fill the hollow areas left by previous painting. With the whole hull covered in a good primer and sanded to you desires, a top coat can be applied. The choices are nearly endless, though just pick a good one and follow the manufactures instructions in terms of drying times, over coats, thinners, etc. You don't need a clear coat, unless the paint system requires it. Truck bed liner can be heavy, but on that boat, not likely a big issue and this stuff works well in this application.
     
  3. Blueknarr
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    Blueknarr Senior Member

    PAR is being humble. On his site accessible thru this form is one of the best primers on how to sand a boat fairly. I suggest you read it before starting your plan of action. After reading, decide wether the canoe is to be a museum piece or functional boat. I hope you plan on dragging it frequently across gravel into and out of the water.

    This is my plan of action:
    1.Sand off the old paint with an orbital sander
    Keep the pad as close to parallel to surface as possible. Tipping it up on edge will dig pits that need filling to be fair with the rest of the hull.

    2. Fix any low spots (what would I use?)
    If you are carefull with your sanding, fairing compounds may not be needed. Some on this forum will disagree with polyester based compounds will work adequately on this project. Bondi is scoffed at, as there are brands marketed for maritime use which claim to be more flexible. Epoxy formulations have many advantages but cost more.
    3. Repaint (I want to go back with the same color as it is now to honor his father) what kind of paint do I use?
    Refer to PAR"s page on the advantages and disadvantages of the various paint options
    4. Clear coat? Or some kind of sealant? Is this required?
    4. Interior i was thinking of using like a truck bed coating on the interior. Or what is the best thing to use. The interior is in fine shape from what I can tell.
     
  4. Lilmagoo1
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    Lilmagoo1 New Member

    Awesome thanks for the information. Is there certain places that sell this stuff?
     

  5. Blueknarr
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    Blueknarr Senior Member

    Chandleries sell the nessicary products which are marketed to mariners. Auto body and paint suppliers offer simular products thrue a far more extensive distribution network. Of course, if Amazon Prime can't deliver, then it might not exist.
     
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