Hull Painting

cb34

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Where would you have your fiberglass hull painted in Ma or Nh?
 

lobstercatcher

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I wouldn't have my hull painted.

I would re-gellcoat it.

reguardless.. Why is there a Ma vs NH criteria?
 

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It will not be inexpensive but Wilco marine in Newbury mass does a remarkable job.If you can go to maine Ken Flower just awlgripped my hull and I think it looks great.- Mike
 

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Year's ago I know Onset Bay Marina was the place to go, they ran a ton of boats through... Funny enough but hear they are now regelcoating small boats again too.

I'd be interested in gelcoating but may try my driveway... JK any insight on that?
 

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I painted my SISU 22 this past spring. The previous owner had never kept up with the top sides and it was in tough shape. There was a combination of paint and gel coat. Given my time frame I chose to paint it with Interlux Brightisides since I could go over both the paint and gel coat. After all the prep to get a fair surface I wish I had gone with a 2 part paint or gel coat. I am very happy with my results I just think gel coat or a 2 part paint will last longer. So the short answer is no. But....I have seen a few post's from members who rolled and tipped gel coat. Or you could go with a paint. Roll and tip with a 2 part or 1 part paint is a DIY project. Like any painting project it is all in the prep. Feel free to ask more questions if you go down the paint route.
 

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You'll have a MUCH easier time Awlgripping the boat yourself as compared to trying to gelcoat. Heck, you can get a better finish from a roll-and-tip Awlgrip job using $1 chip brushes than you can get from gelcoat using the best of application materials.

In other words, gelcoat is HARD to put on and get a decent finish.

Awlgrip isn't too difficult at all especially if you are willing to accept a few runs and a bit of orange peel.

I can take $500 worth of Awlgrip materials and make a 23ft boat look like a brand new boat from a distance of 5ft. If you want a mirror finish, you'll need more material and time but it's certainly doable too.
 

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We just imron'd my 35jc. Roll n tip. And i am extremely happy with the results.
The prep work is key.

What i love about it:

Easy to apply.

Very very durable

dont have to wax it, has a great shine.

Very durable and easy to touch up scratches.

Yesterday i just gave the entire boat a bath with a rag and a lil simple green(which is not a good cleaner) and the dirt came rite off. It was just like washing a car.

So my experience is go with imron. Others on this site have alot of experience so i will not take anything away from them.

I also painted the boat outside. Inside would have been a bit easier.
 

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Did you protect it with a tent or anything to keep dust down etc?
 

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Ceshawn: We never tarped or tented the boat. Picked our days and went for it. If i have tented it. We could have done the whole job in 2weeks or less
 

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You'll have a MUCH easier time Awlgripping the boat yourself as compared to trying to gelcoat. Heck, you can get a better finish from a roll-and-tip Awlgrip job using $1 chip brushes than you can get from gelcoat using the best of application materials.

In other words, gelcoat is HARD to put on and get a decent finish.

Awlgrip isn't too difficult at all especially if you are willing to accept a few runs and a bit of orange peel.

I can take $500 worth of Awlgrip materials and make a 23ft boat look like a brand new boat from a distance of 5ft. If you want a mirror finish, you'll need more material and time but it's certainly doable too.

I didn't spend $300 and I refinished 1/3 of the 35 Duffy hull.I may have 16 hours into it and I'd rate it at 85%. I didn't bring it back any more because it is a lobsterboat. a week and its banged up. I did from the port stern corner, around to the transome. to the starboard side past the hauling station. Top of the boot top to the railing. The transome is better than it was when new. the real benifit is it can now be matched when doing spot repairs if desired.

I can't imagine why anyone would paint??????
 

eyschulman

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paint

The company that makes Awlgrip also makes a very similar product called Awlcraft which is much easier to apply and patch as a DIYS with roller and brush check it out.
 

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I want to read up on that awlcraft one... may get a quart and mess with it...

How much of the work do you need to do, with their filler/undercoat and then need to cover it with gloss? Seem's like alot of steps... granted I know the more steps you use the better quality...
 
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lobster783

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Richardsons marine in Chatham awlgripped my boat. Top notch finish. boat looked show room when it was done. I got qoutes from a few places all around $8-$10 a foot. IMHO if you want it to look new have someone who does it every day do it. If you want to paint it every few years then do it yourself. Key is to have perfect conditions. Extremely warm shop a must. I had it done two years ago and it still looks perfect.
 
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