• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by RickW

  1. Interlux Perfection Plus two part Polyurethane varnish is a very hard durable finish that typically will last longer than regular varnish finishes. Awlgrip has Awlwood which is a primer then a topcoat varnish system that has been reported to last quite a long time, even in the Florida sun.
  2. If you need a totally clear finish, no amber tint buildup with multiple coats then take a look at our Totalboat Envy varnish. It's a two part polyurethane varnish, quick dry and totally clear. https://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/show_product.do?pid=98145
  3. You could use 10 oz fiberglass cloth over the male plug to build up layers to about 3/16 to 1/4" thickness. Biaxial would be good but will not conform to tight radius around the keel and transom. After separation from the mold, I'd recommend some type of stringer and frames to provide more strength.
  4. When we first came out with Wet Edge we recommended thinning with a good quality mineral spirits but after further development and testing found that the Totalboat Thinner works much better and allows the paint to flow and lay down better. It is not mineral spirits, it's mostly naptha.
  5. What do I thin Total Boat Wet Edge with?
  6. If you are going to seal with Totalboat Penetrating Epoxy, use an alcohol or water based stain, let it dry at least 5 days then apply the penetrating epoxy. Be sure to do a test piece with the stain and epoxy first. Try the Varathane water based stain.
  7. I like to thin CPE with Acetone because it flashes off quicker. After that cures, sand smooth, it will puddle where the grain is tight and raise the grain in the soft areas so sand smooth first. Our Totalboat Gleam varnish is a good easy to use varnish that works well.
  8. You can apply Totalboat 2 part Epoxy Primer both inside and outside and below the waterline. You always want to apply a primer on top of epoxy for the best adhesion. The Interlux primekote is only for above the waterline. You could use Interlux 2000E for both. The 2 part epoxy primer is a good primer for either Brightside, Wet Edge or any 2 part polyurethane paint. The 2 part poly will last longer but is much more expensive.
  9. You can just scuff and spray if you are applying Awlgrip topcoat on top of Awlgrip topcoat, anything else needs the 545 primer.
  10. You don't need to spray the 545, you can roll it. Wait a minimum of 12 hours sand then spray the Awlcraft 2000.
  11. You need to wait a minimum of 12 hours and sand before applying a top coat on 545 primer.
  12. Take a look at our Totalboat Clear Penetrating Epoxy. It is a low viscosity epoxy that will penetrate and seal the bark and wood. It can be brushed on and may work for your application.
  13. According to West Systems, we do not recommend spraying epoxy products because the health and safety risks are enormous. As epoxy leaves a spray gun nozzle, it is reduced to tiny droplets (spray mist). You can easily inhale epoxy that is suspended in the air. It can cause extensive lung damage and other health problems. The spray mist can settle on your skin, causing sensitization and allergic reactions. It can settle on your eyes, injuring them. Compared to other application methods, spraying increases the amount of hazardous volatile components released from the epoxy. Using solvents to thin the epoxy for spraying adds to the health and safety risks. These hazards are similar to those of any spray painting operation, involving both health and flammability concerns. If you are determined to spray epoxy, control hazardous vapor and spray mist by using isolation and enclosure, such as a properly designed, ventilated and filtered spray booth. In any case, if you spray epoxy, you must use an air-supplied respirator and full-body protective clothing.
  14. The Totalboat Clear penetrating Epoxy contains no VOCs and has no smell. You can add a solvent like denatured alcohol or Acetone to further thin it for more penetration into the wood fibers. If you are concerned about flammability, I'd use Acetone because it is a little less reactive than alcohol.
  15. I would try applying another coat when the temperature is warmer, 45 degrees is really pushing the limit. Be sure to strain the varnish and put in a separate clean container. The do recommend thinning the Lust Varnish so it will flow better, thinning with the Totalboat Thinner 100. Be sure it is in a dust free area for the best results.
  16. Not sure what make that is, doesn't look like a Teleflex steering helm. Try Turning the wheel clockwise to see if the cable backs out.
  17. A good cleaning and sanding with 80 grit then clean with acetone should prep it well for paint. I'd recommend Totalboat Total Protect two part barrier coat primer. This will seal it from water seeping through the gel coat. Apply about 3 to 4 coats. Any holes can be filled with Totalboat Thixo two part epoxy.
  18. Two coats of Select should cover the existing black paint. Be sure to sand well and clean before applying.
  19. If needed, you could peel back some of the cloth and shave the bottom of the preformed hull beam/stringer. It's best to fiberglass over the hole beam for added strength. Not sure what you are referring to in the 1/2" height difference in the stringer groove, you will need to seat the bottom of the beam to the bottom of the hull when installing.
  20. If you have Pettit Protect High Build Epoxy Priming System, that is good about the same as Totalboat Total Protect Epoxy Primer. Both will be good. If you are painting a white topcoat, I like to use a white primer, that way if you get a scratch in the top coat it's not that noticeable.
  21. The 2 part primer is a better choice if there is some spider cracks in the gel coat. We don't have a color close to desert tan in Wet Edge, if you want to use that, I'd stick with just white.
  22. Using laminating resin in the 70's it should be fully cured in the vacuum bag after 8 to 12 hours. We usually leave it on overnight and the next morning it's cured.
  23. You can use the Wet Edge paint in white on the hull a quart should be enough for two thin coats. Yes, use the same 2 part epoxy primer first.
  24. Typically on wooden boat bottoms you would use a solvent based bottom paint and thin the first coat 10%. Then follow with two coats unthinned.
  25. In a half gallon of paint i'd try two ounces of water, it shouldn't take much more than that. Use a paddle mixer on a drill and it should smooth out.