What paint can I use to paint a small fiberglass boat

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  1. Mason1311
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    I got 11"6 noles boat that is fiberglass what paint is good ? image.jpg
     
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    Are you painting the sides, the hull, or the deck?
     
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    Everything in side and in side the live wells too.
     
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    I was look at lowes
     
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    You should use something that can be constantly immersed in water. Easypoxy by Petit is good.
     
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    Paint choices run the full range from cheap acrylic house paint, to the stuff they use on the nose of fighter jets.

    Inside the bait wells, you'll want something fairly hard, durable and high gloss. The reason is it'll take a beating (cleaning chores, aggressive and obnoxious fish, etc.) and the high gloss will be the most effective at preventing moisture ingress.

    House paints can work, though aren't especially durable, particularly on the outside and under foot. A good, moderately priced choice would be a single part polyurethane. These are harder and more durable than acrylics and basic oils, but don't cost all that much and are easy to apply.

    A good paint job is 90% prep and 10% brush, roller or spray gun in hand time. The surface must be clean and sufficiently "toothed". 100 - 120 grit is more then fine enough, for a back yard paint job. Anything over 280 and you run the risk of too fine a tooth and poor adhesion. Read up on the roll and tip methods for finish work and you can get a really good job out of it.
     
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    Something a salesman at Hamilton Marine told me: Petit makes a couple of "levels" of one part poly paint. The cheaper (is it "Ship 'n' Dek?) is, he said, the same as the pricier Easypoxy. But due to marketing as well as there being only a few colors, the cheaper paint is priced lower. I've used it and can't see a difference. So if you're happy with white, or other basic colors for example, get the Ship 'n' Dek.
     
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    Plenty of good paints around. Price should not be a factor on small boats.

    Locally water based marine paints are becoming popular. I just saw a waterbased spray job were the owner of the boat used a cheap big box store airless spraygun to applie the paint.

    It came out very nice.
     
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    Alan, a salesman at Jamestown, wouldn't be a source I'd have much faith in. A quick comparison of the contents label on each can can, show you the differences, pretty easily. I already know the difference between the two and they are quite dissimilar. The Petit's Shipendec and Z*Spar products are enamels, mostly in a traditional fashion (petroleum distillate vehicle, pigments and traditional oils). Their Easypoxy is a single part polyurethane. They now have a relatively new product, which is a two part polyurethane (LPU) called EZpoxy2. This is as you might expect and an LPU, with bits of the bisphenyl A molecule included, so they can call it an epoxy. It's not a true epoxy, but a modified polyurethane, but is a good product.
     
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    Paint

    Almost done painting it.
     

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    I am just about done painting it.
     

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    thanks, PAR. That's why I said the salesman said it. But I have used the Shipendec and found it to be a good product for the money. Good gloss and brushing characteristics. On my wood surfaces.
     
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    Shipendeck has some "wetting agents" and flow modifiers in it, which make it pretty good, for it's price. It's been recently reformulated to make it competitive with similar offerings from the other manufactures. I think only a few, like Kirby are still making truly traditional alkyd marine paints, in the old school way, though they now are also offering modifiers too, much like a home brew Penatrol.

    Paint is one of the few things left, where you can get what you pay for. Admittedly, some outfits produce paint for several resellers and they just rebadge them, as they fill the cans, but the major brands don't and have fine tuned formulations that preform exceptionally well. In the last decade, huge advances have taken over the industry, so the major players are keeping up. It's pretty hard to screw up a paint job now, assuming you've done a reasonable job with the prep, even with the lower cost products.
     
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    Way to go Mason, looks a hellofa bit better then it did.
     
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