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  1. I'm repairing the bottom of an older fiberglass kayak. i've added some additional layers of cloth in resin and sanded. I'd like to paint the entire bottom white. Since this isn't a boat that sits in the water long, i imagine an anti-fouling paint is not required. what paint would you recommend given i'd like it user friendly and glossy? (and do i need a primer?) Thank you, bill.
  2. I'm in the seemengly lifelong process of restoring a 30 yr old FG sailboat. The previous owner kept the boat in saltwater for the entire season, coupled with very little maintenance. After 2 yrs, I finally got the boat in the water last summer and the last sailing adventure was mid October. It's a 20' mini cruiser and will spend most of its time on the a trailer, being used approx. one a week as a daysailer and long weekender. In Nov I pulled it in the shop to redo the bottom paint. The iron swing keel was badly blistered, so I dropped that, had it sandblasted, uncovering another nightmare. On the hull there were remnants of 3 coats of bottom paint. I chose to sand them off down to the original gel coal. In so doing I uncovered a multitudes of blisters approx. 10 per square foot, most of which are about the size of a dime. Maybe 1 of the 10 will be large enough to have sanded through the gel coat into the substrate and occasionally the FG mat. The others show as a slight difference in color. If this boat were to spend its summers in the water I would without question open up every blister and repair it, a huge undertaking for sure. However since it will be spending most of its life on a trailer, how critical is it to have to repair all these blisters. What will be the likely outcome if I only repair the largest ones. Marty
  3. The paint on the Iron keel on my 20' sailboat was blistering and flaking off in huge rust flakes. I removed the keel and cleaned it up the with a air chisel. In so doing I uncovered a baseball size cavity that had been filled with some sort of Bondo in a previous repair. I'm going to have it sand blasted, which I'm sure will turn up hundreds of smaller cavities. Problem is I'm not going to be able to get a barrier coat on the keel for a day or two after its been sandblasted. What do you recommend to wash down the freshly blasted keel and neutralize any oxidation that may have started. It's mind boggling over the number of products that are available to do this type of job and I have no idea what's compatible with what. I've used Total Boat & West epoxies and have some still on the shelf and would like to use them if feasible. What do I start with and what do I finish with.
  4. As part of our effort at JD to understand and recommend the very best and most effective (and economical) bottom paint for your boat, we invite you to take part in our BOTTOM PAINT SURVEY. Your completed survey will tell us about how your paint performed this season. Knowing what works in your own harbor or berth is vital to antifouling bottom paint success, and experience is a key factor. By taking part in our survey, you help us understand what is working and not working in your location AND you help populate a super cool, live interactive MAP showing who used which paints, on what kind of boat and where. Their paint's success or failure and their opinion about the paint performance is right on the map. Add your bottom paint story to the map, compare to other local boaters and learn from the crowd. Be a part of our bigger research on which paint works best, and where. Your input helps us continue to give the best bottom paint advice out there! TAKE THE SURVEY SEE THE LIVE MAP of RESULTS Check out the Early Results from RWU Bottom Paint Research Then JOIN the discussion here about the science, environmentalism, and effectiveness of paint in this forum. We can all learn from each other! Thanks!
  5. I have VC17 on my Islander 28'. What other anti fouling paints can I put right over it without removing all the current VC17 ?
  6. I just purchased a three year old fiberglass boat that has never been in the water or has any bottom protection. This boat will be in fresh water all season and I want to make sure the bottom is protected properly. What do you recommend? Thanks Terry