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Hello, I'm in the process of restoring a 1964 fiberglass run about. I am currently replacing the core of the hull and is going very well. I have a question about what coatings to use for the sides and bottom of boat. When ready to prime/paint I will need to deal with a combo of cleaned and sanded 50 year old gelcoat along with some areas that I will have repaired with thicken poly resin. The sides and bottom will be white and add up to about 140 square feet of area. My original plan was to use a 2 part epoxy primer and finish it with Interlux VC performance bottom paint as I don't really need any antifouling paint. I have since reconsidered because I read that the VC performance does not have any UV resistance and will yellow over time. I am getting a headache reading through forums trying to figure out my best options so I thought I would just ask the question directly. Can you tell me my best option to paint the bottom and sides of my 17 foot runabout. The boat will always be trailered when not in use and will not be in the water for any longer than 6 hours at a time. Probably not more that about 50 hours total a year I was thinking about using Totalboat barrier coat and Totalboat wet edge. Will this be ok or is there a better option? Thanks for your help!! Wally.
I recently acquired a 40 year old sailboat that desperately needs some love. The boat is 18 feet long and 500 pounds, so I can't be repainting it every season. Trailered boat Usually hauled out at end of day, but sometimes sits in fresh lake water for several days (on vacation) Mostly freshwater use, but some occasional saltwater (bay) Run up on sandy beach with some small rocks (ouch) Will consider any paint system The hull can be stripped and sanded down to bare fiberglass if necessary. I have been reading about VC Performance Epoxy in the forum and have used Perfection on larger, more rigid boats, but this boat is a bit different. The hull is a bit soft in places, like a new kayak. I will be doing as much strengthening and glassing as I can, but there are limits. It can't be strengthened everyplace. In some places it has the flex of a automobile door panel. Would a hard-finish two-part paint system flex when needed or will it crack and flake? Would a single part polyurethane flex but be too soft for the bottom? Would there be two different paint systems, one for the bottom and one for the top sides? Should gelcoat even be considered anywhere? Thanks in advance