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mirsini
mirsini

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:51am

Post Subject: painting outside of boat

My steel narrowboat needs a repaint. I want to do it myself. Advise on the best method and paints please to do the outside. Many thanks.

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:56pm

Post Subject: painting outside of boat

Dear jonho, this is outside the scope of the forum because much depends upon what you mean by a repaint - do you intend to strip to bare metal? Do you have any rust or gouges to deal with, are you going to take the windows out? Will you be using coach lining? and so on. I would suggest that you contact Phil Speight and find out when he is running his next boat painting class. If you want a cheap job wash off with sugar soap, rub down to a mat surface with (say) 300 grit wet & dry and then whack on some B&Q/Homebase/etc. gloss in a nice thick coat. I doubt it will last, but it will be fast and cheap. If you want durability it will probably mean selecting a reputable specialist paint manufacturer (adds in mag) and get their product use sheets and follow them. This may well involve stripping back to bare metal, priming with rust resistant primer, two or three colour matched undercoats and a couple of top coats with a rub down with (say) 600 grit wet & dry between coats. All coats to be thin and the stated time allowed between coats. I am sure Phil's company will produce a painting guide and I think I have seen one on the Blakes paint website http://www.blakespaints.com/internet/ineblakesc. nsf/vDOC/207FB384E7139219C1256BE4004DF139?OpenDo cument (all on one line) has some instruction. Perhaps Phil will be along and offer more help. Tony Brooks

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