Alternative to Yacht Enamel $ for interior

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Time to re-paint the inside. All cabin and pilot house surfaces are fiberglass mat painted 30 years ago with likely an oil-based enamel. I want an off-white semi-gloss or satin. The surfaces are mostly out of the sun.

1) is there a less expensive alternative to marine oil-based yacht enamels at $90+ a gallon? Water-based possible? Over painted fiberglass.

2) if I do have to buy an oil-based yacht enamel, can it be tinted reliably at a paint store so I can duplicate it if more is needed in the future?

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interior paint

Use a good exterior oil enamel Ben Moore makes a real good product.
 

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I'll with El Mar on this one...I've used rustoleum with a brush with outstanding results going on 4 years looks like day I did it. Get it anywhere too.
 

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You got it. I used the quart sized cans got if from hardware store. Ace is the place!
 

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Zinzzer sp? (owned by Rustoleum) Mildew Proof House Paint BEST stuff ever.
Sticks like glue, water based, mildew will NOT grow on it, no primer needed, comes on 3 glosses, tintable, no fumes, $30./gal. I could go on. It does take a week to fully harden but it dries in 45 min.
Accept no substitutes.
 

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Call me crazy, but I would have used gel coat 30 years ago and just done it once. I know, I know. It was already painted when I bought it, who owns a boat that long, I'll be dead in 30 years, etc. etc. You're all correct. :D I have heard good things about the Rustoleum. But I like the mildew proof approach suggested by Brooksie. Like bathroom paint, it remains clean of mold and mildew but is more durable.
 

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Call me crazy, but I would have used gel coat 30 years ago and just done it once. I know, I know. It was already painted when I bought it, who owns a boat that long, I'll be dead in 30 years, etc. etc. You're all correct. :D I have heard good things about the Rustoleum. But I like the mildew proof approach suggested by Brooksie. Like bathroom paint, it remains clean of mold and mildew but is more durable.

Zinnzer make the bathroom paint too; so I called them and asked what the actual difference was between the hous and bathroom versions. UV inhibitor in the housepaint... that's it. So you can the use the housepaint for everything, even bathrooms.
 

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Very encouraging ideas. Found; Zinsser® PERMA-WHITE® Mold & Mildew-Proof™* Exterior Paint. Water-based would be easier but I wonder about acrylic over un-primed oil enamel.

Have you ever used this over latex?

Thanks very much
 

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Yes, I have used it over both enamel and latex, sticks like glue (as I said) never any problem with adhesion. As with all paints, if the base isn't stuck on good, the finish won't be either.
 
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