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05-17-2011, 01:29 PM
why after 16 years do I seem to know less than when I started?
How important is it to continue using 40 bucks a litre Petit paint?
Are there any shortcomings to fast dry primer?
What about the gallon of good quality oil based house paint primer I have?
A friend works @ Benj Moore and virtually gives me my house paint
How different is it?
Tried Interlux, seemed to be like milk with not much to it?
05-17-2011, 01:38 PM
I like and use The Cloverdale Marine Enamel. Half the price of Interlux and Petit.
They're plant is in Surrey, so their paint is readily available in BC.
05-17-2011, 02:14 PM
they have a store nearby
the price is right
05-17-2011, 02:57 PM
Nice boat! Pete Culler was a strong advocate of house paint for use on boats. The main difference between oil based house enamel and the marine version is that house paints are designed to sluff off and present a new surface to the weather thereby retaining the color. My own experience with house primer is that it is a bit more soft than is marine primer and does not sand as smooth as does the marine equivalant. Still, I see no reason not to use it especialy, when price is a consideration.
Linear Polyurathane enamels such as those made by Sterling have an amazing longevitiy when applied to wooden hulls correctly. However the prep, material and application are a bit pricy. Still, I have seen wooden hulls that were painted with LP as long as ten years ago that still are acceptable in appearance. One fear is that LP allows the wood to cook beneath the surface thereby promoting rot to attack the planking from within. However, I have yet to see an actual example of this theory to date.
05-17-2011, 03:13 PM
When LPU coatings first came out, they were designed to paint metal airplanes, so so they say. When they were first tried on wooden boats, the results weren't satisfying. The LPU was plenty hard, and not flexible. That would be fine for an airplane or metal hull, but what happened on wooden hulls was excessive paint cracking along the seam lines. The wood moved, but the paint didn't. I don't know, though, whether the marine LPU products are now more flexible than the first generation stuff.
05-17-2011, 06:07 PM
Boats to be painted with LP are usually cold molded or splined.
05-17-2011, 09:32 PM
for not taking the time to "search"
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