Top side paints, which one and why ?

jerseysportfisher

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I have painted boats with both perfection and awlgrip. Both has produced good results. Both are a bit pricey, i seem to be seeing a trend going to rustoleoum marine. So its said if you paint the boat in the fall by spring the paint has cured to a rock hard finish. Also interested in knowing about other brandsm ezpoxy, etc.
 

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Petit Easypoxy is a fairly kind paint. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to use it and rolling and tipping is fairly easy with it.

Its my current go to paint on projects and such. I am trying a paint called tredplex with an additive called shark skin for non slip (its not supposed to tear up bare feet like other grits) on the deck of the skiff im restoring for my gal. Going with the petit on the hull. She has been through filling with 404 and sanded once.. Just faired out a bunch of stuff with 407 this morning. Should be painting tomorrow.
 

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I tried painting this spring with Interlux Brightside and just couldn't get it to kick. Always seemed to go on thick, droop, etc. Conditions were perfect. So bought another can and had the same problem. Told my friend at a boat yard about the problem, told me to try out Easypoxy because sometimes they have had that problem with brushing brightside. Sure enough, smooth as silk first time around and also on a new surface on some things.

I did use Interlux Perfection before on a fighting chair and parts really liked it.

The one thing why I stay away from these paints recently is I feel like I'm always working in an unclean environment, even with the boot stripe, painting 50' of stripe ended up with a fly or two I had to pick out, etc. To me, gelcoating just seems to be a like a workable finish that you can do in unperfect conditions. Surely can be a little more work but what do others thing?

Does anyone ever do boot stripes/accent stripes in gelcoat? Seems like it would be easier to repair especially on a fishing boat? Just curious. Figure there might be a good reason why people dont...
 
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Im tenting the skiff for that very reason. Prior to painting. Some big C clamps, a few framing studs and some visquene. If it wasnt for the gal I would have brushed it with duck boat paint and been done with it lol
 

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I tried painting this spring with Interlux Brightside and just couldn't get it to kick. Always seemed to go on thick, droop, etc. Conditions were perfect. So bought another can and had the same problem. Told my friend at a boat yard about the problem, told me to try out Easypoxy because sometimes they have had that problem with brushing brightside. Sure enough, smooth as silk first time around and also on a new surface on some things.

I did use Interlux Perfection before on a fighting chair and parts really liked it.

The one thing why I stay away from these paints recently is I feel like I'm always working in an unclean environment, even with the boot stripe, painting 50' of stripe ended up with a fly or two I had to pick out, etc. To me, gelcoating just seems to be a like a workable finish that you can do in unperfect conditions. Surely can be a little more work but what do others thing?

Does anyone ever do boot stripes/accent stripes in gelcoat? Seems like it would be easier to repair especially on a fishing boat? Just curious. Figure there might be a good reason why people dont...


sounds like you didn;t add 333 into it. If interlux is not thinned it looks like someone with full body tourettes put it on. And thats one thing that jerks me about interlux, is you need 5 of their products to lay down a paint job. Can;t just use standard cleaners and thinners.
 

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Petit Easypoxy is a fairly kind paint. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to use it and rolling and tipping is fairly easy with it.

Its my current go to paint on projects and such. I am trying a paint called tredplex with an additive called shark skin for non slip (its not supposed to tear up bare feet like other grits) on the deck of the skiff im restoring for my gal. Going with the petit on the hull. She has been through filling with 404 and sanded once.. Just faired out a bunch of stuff with 407 this morning. Should be painting tomorrow.


would love to see some pics when done, just curious how long does it hold up before fading ?
 

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Well someone has to toss in pictures.

I've always had good luck with Brightsides myself; and I don't typically thin it unless the weather dictates. Just roll & tip. I painted the blue skiff with it and it has been holding up great. Also painted the black boot stripe on my Calvin Beal a few years ago with it and it couldn't have gone any better. This year the owner of the marina asked me if I was ready to launch April 1st or if i wanted to let the new boot stripe set up for a while - he was surprised that I already had two seasons on it. Incidentally an Interlux rep told me that their boot stripe paint is, in fact, brightside in a smaller can - no difference.

The white lapstrake boat was painted with Petit Easypoxy and that, too, was a pleasure to work with. Maybe a little more forgiving than the Brightsides as far as 'lace curtains' go.

Painted the cockpit deck of my Calvin Beal with Composites One gel coat and it is holding up great. Did that under the shrink wrap - probably took two years off my life; thank God for the respirator!

Next job is to rip off the wooden wheelhouse accent trim and paint a stripe in its place. Interlux doesn't make the color I'm looking for (maroon-ish) so I'll be interested in hearing what others like to use as I peruse the color pallets of some other brands.

Usually before I paint (like the skiff or the lapstrake boat) I hose down the whole area surrounding the boat. Won't help with flies, but it keeps me from kicking up the dust before the paint is touch-dry.

I'll be painting my Ocean Pointer with black Brightsides hopefully before it gets too cold and I hope to have the same results, we'll see.

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I used Interthane 990 on the deck and inside the bullworks on my Shamrock. I faired the insides of the hull first with Awlfair. Like Jersey says, you need 5 coats before you are done. But I liked the results.

I don't think the deck is going to hold up like gelcoat, though.





Nice work Stink!

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What is the deck color on the Shamrock, definitely like that...

I think that is why I will stick with Easypoxy, to me it works with my skill level and no thinners, I do like the way you put that into words.
 

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I am happy with the easypoxy also. Was definitely a better product than the bright side but of course neither will hold up like a gel coat.
 

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would love to see some pics when done, just curious how long does it hold up before fading ?

The flats boat in FL has been out in the sun for several years and still looks great. Im lucky too because they dont make the fighting lady yellow in a single stage paint anymore.
 

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Interlux Brightsides looks great if you thin it out with their thinning product.
The one part paint is not as durable as Perfection- but easy to touch up dings in the spring before relaunch.
 

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What is the deck color on the Shamrock, definitely like that...

I think that is why I will stick with Easypoxy, to me it works with my skill level and no thinners, I do like the way you put that into words.

It's just a "grey base". Mix it with a converter 5:1 if I remember correctly. First you need 2 coats of primer. I lightly used Interdeck non skid sand for texture.
 
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