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    I am needing to repaint my fiberglass boat so that I can sell (not sail ) it. I have an air compressor paint gun, so I can do the really nice quality paint. I was wondering though; can I use regular professional grade auto paint? Will that be good enough? I kind of thought that since it does fine in rain it would be ok on the boat. Will it?

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    Default Re: paint for fiberglass boat

    You have three choices which vary in their cost and in how appealing they will be to a buyer.
    - do nothing. This has low costs, which you can pass on to the buyer.
    - Use a low-tech alkyd paint system such as pettit Easypoxy (Nothing about it is epoxy). You can get by with a fair prep job, spray this and get a fair (C+) looking job which will weather in a few years. A savvy buyer will ask what the paint is and know the limitations.
    - Use a linear polyurethane system. This requires meticulous prep, more coats and can not safely be sprayed unless you have very good equipment and a supplied-air respirator. Roll&tip methods with these materials will get you a B+ result.

    If the boat is a fine example and otherwise pristine, maybe you can justify the LPU finish.
    If it's always gonna be a low-finish boat. and you can do it well and efficiently, maybe the in-between job makes sense.
    In general, my perception is that sellers don't get back the cost of their improvements.
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    I would use Interlux Perfection. Roll and tip it. However, bear in mind that a buyer may like the option of painting the boat their own color so painting may actually limit the audience. One option would be to include a paint job in the buyers choice of colors in your price. Once the surface is prepped it only takes an afternoon to spray it.

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    What exactly is the pettit Easypoxy stuff? Is it going to be like a spray on can paint? What would be a good source to find that at?

    I like the idea of allowing the buyer the option of a paint job. May try that first!

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    Default Re: paint for fiberglass boat

    Maybe you could sheath it in wood

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    Default Re: paint for fiberglass boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing reenactor View Post
    What exactly is the pettit Easypoxy stuff? Is it going to be like a spray on can paint? What would be a good source to find that at?

    I like the idea of allowing the buyer the option of a paint job. May try that first!

    Thanks,
    Dave
    Easypoxy is an ordinary gloss alkyd (oil) enamel. It is widely sold in boat stuff stores, including West Marine. It is packaged in quarts and gallons, not spray cans.

    A buyer might be interested in a sample of your paint work.

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    Default Re: paint for fiberglass boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Sailing reenactor View Post
    What exactly is the pettit Easypoxy stuff? Is it going to be like a spray on can paint? What would be a good source to find that at?

    I like the idea of allowing the buyer the option of a paint job. May try that first!

    Thanks,
    Dave
    A quick Google tells us that Lake Cumberland Marine is the closest to you. There are many mail order or on-line stores if you are good with that. West Marine, just for example.
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    Default Re: paint for fiberglass boat

    Quote Originally Posted by JimConlin View Post
    Easypoxy is an ordinary gloss alkyd (oil) enamel. It is widely sold in boat stuff stores, including West Marine. It is packaged in quarts and gallons, not spray cans.

    A buyer might be interested in a sample of your paint work.
    Easypoxy is a Pettit product. IIRC, the Interlux equivalent is Brightsides. It's far more forgiving to apply than a 2-part polyurethane. I'm reading between the lines here, and guessing about your level of painting expertise... and I'd offer a caution. If you hold out the option of delivering the boat to the new buyer with a new paint job, there is an issue of implied warranty. That is, you'd better be confident about your ability to complete an adequate job of painting. The other route is to simply offer the buyer an allowance toward a fresh paint job.
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    Default Re: paint for fiberglass boat

    No I'm not pro-painter. I did a 4x12 ft trailer in a low gloss black. (my blacksmith trailer.) It's been sitting out a year and though there are chips from heat, and clanging metal tools on it, the main body is still fine. I was just thinking a regular auto job might do ok. But hey, the Easypoxy might be something I could manage. Do you mix it and spray it on with the air gun like auto paint, or do you brush it?
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