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Jallen76

Varnish and Paint

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I'm building my first boat, a 16' stitch-and-glue kayak, and have a question regarding the finish.  The entire hull will be fiber glassed.  I would like to paint the waterline with Wet Edge and the rest of the boat with varnish. What should my process be?  Should I apply the wet edge and then varnish over top of it, should I varnish then paint over the varnish, or should I mask and split the two?  Also as some one new to the whole boat building thing, should I use Gleam or Lust varnish?


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You would mask off where the waterline is going to be and apply multiple coats of varnish, I'd recommend the Gleam Gloss, much easier to use than Lust.  Once the varnish is fully cured (wait at least 5 days), mask that off for the waterline paint.  Prime with Totalboat Total Protect Epoxy Primer, then apply two to three thin coats of Wet Edge topside paint for the waterline.

Here is a link to our video of applying primer and wet edge on a stripe on our kayak build:  

 

 

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