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Turbo1948
Turbo1948

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:46pm

Post Subject: New paint work

Hi, I have just had my narrowboat re-painted and have been advised that I should polish it ASAP. However, someone else suggests that I leave it a month for it to harden before polishing. Could you please advise which is best as the cream roof gets a great deal of bird droppings? Many thanks, John

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:04pm

Post Subject: New paint work

So what did the painter advise? If they did not then please ask them. If I say something different to the painter and the paint job fails, even for a different reason, then they have a "get out of jail free card". As long as you use plenty of water and a soft brush I can see no reason you should not wash the boat, daily if required to get rid of the droppings. Personally I would go with the let it harden for a while camp UNLESS a two pack paint was used. Single pack paint harden by solvent evaporation so do remain soft for a while. Two pack paint hardens chemically so should be hard enough for polishing within a day or two of application. Most people now recommend a polish using carbanubo wax but try to avid ones with silicon in because they might cause problems with touching up. Also be aware that some polishes contain a mild abrasive to clean the oxidisation form the paint surface. Although good for old and faded paintwork they are probably not so good for new soft paint.

Turbo1948
Turbo1948

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:47pm

Post Subject: New paint work

Many thanks, John

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