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Author:  tmbiv56 [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:26 am ]
Post subject:  Type of Paint

I am thinking of painting the inside of my boat and I was wondering what type of paint I should use.
Oil based exterior enamel? Latex?, Some kind of epoxy paint?

I already have 2 coats of epoxy fill applied.
Thanks.
Tom

Author:  jem [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

Water based paint. Best choice would be marine grade.

Author:  tmbiv56 [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

Thank you. I will have to look for some marine grade paint.

Should I topcoat that with Varnish?
That brings up another question. Is there a particular kind of Varnish I should put on the rest of the boat?

Author:  Oldsparkey [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

tmbiv56 wrote:
Thank you. I will have to look for some marine grade paint.

Is there a particular kind of Varnish I should put on the rest of the boat?


A good marine ( I like the Captains Spar ) ZSPAR varnish for the boat , what ever you do DO NOT use any MinWax varnish , the stuff peels after it gets wet.

Can't see any reason to use varnish over any form of paint.

Author:  tmbiv56 [ Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

Thank you. I wasn't going to put it over the paint, just the natural parts.

Author:  jem [ Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:50 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

If you're going marine-grade, they make some nice clear coat paint that will last longer than varnish.

Whichever you choose, you will get better results by putting in time and energy in the preparation stage... masking, sanding, wiping off dirt and impurities, etc..

Author:  tmbiv56 [ Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

I have read that some builders consider using automotive clear coat, but I never correlated that to marine clear coat paint.

I have a fairly decent compressor, but I don't have a spray gun.

I was only planning on doing brush application.
I have only finished wood using polyurethane or paint. That's about the extent of my experience. :D

I have heard that getting a good varnish finish is pretty tricky. As you said, it's a lot about the preparation.
I assume that holds for the clear paint as well, right?

I appreciate everyone's input.


I still have a ways to go before deciding.
This weekend, I am putting graphite on the bottom.
After that, I can focus on the topsides.

Author:  jem [ Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Type of Paint

Nice build but that's not a JEM design. Prefer not linking from this forum to competitors designs.

Not a big deal, just a preference.

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