Type of Paint

Ask your questions here. Guests welcome to post!
Post Reply
tmbiv56
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:24 am
Type of boat I like: Kayak.

Type of Paint

Post by tmbiv56 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:26 am

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

User avatar
jem
Site Admin
Posts: 4870
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 8:14 pm
Type of boat I like: Wooden
Location: Greensboro, NC
Contact:

Re: Type of Paint

Post by jem » Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:10 am

Water based paint. Best choice would be marine grade.
-Matt. Designer.

tmbiv56
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:24 am
Type of boat I like: Kayak.

Re: Type of Paint

Post by tmbiv56 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 2:36 pm

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?

User avatar
Oldsparkey
Design Reviewer
Posts: 1272
Joined: Sat Jun 19, 2004 11:08 am
Type of boat I like: Wood boats .
Location: Somewhere around Central Florida
Contact:

Re: Type of Paint

Post by Oldsparkey » Sat Oct 18, 2014 6:21 pm

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.
Remember:
Amateurs built the Ark...... Professionals built the Titanic
Visit some fine paddlers at The Southern Paddler

tmbiv56
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:24 am
Type of boat I like: Kayak.

Re: Type of Paint

Post by tmbiv56 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:57 pm

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

User avatar
jem
Site Admin
Posts: 4870
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 8:14 pm
Type of boat I like: Wooden
Location: Greensboro, NC
Contact:

Re: Type of Paint

Post by jem » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:50 am

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..
-Matt. Designer.

tmbiv56
Posts: 4
Joined: Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:24 am
Type of boat I like: Kayak.

Re: Type of Paint

Post by tmbiv56 » Sun Oct 19, 2014 10:15 am

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.

User avatar
jem
Site Admin
Posts: 4870
Joined: Fri Jun 18, 2004 8:14 pm
Type of boat I like: Wooden
Location: Greensboro, NC
Contact:

Re: Type of Paint

Post by jem » Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:49 pm

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.
-Matt. Designer.

Post Reply