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 Post subject: painting hulls
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:08 pm 
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20 year old hobie cat with white hulls. Should I just touch up the bottom or paint the entire hull?


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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:24 pm 
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Do not paint.

Faded gel coat can be polished and new gel coat can be sprayed with a $15 gun.


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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:22 pm 
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I painted a 30 year old H16 I bought with solid hulls that looked horrible for $250. Wasn't concerned to give it a $500+ jel coat job so I painted it with epoxy based white enamel with teeny gold and silver flake in it and it looks killer. My 2500 Lb pressure washer won't knock the paint off. Would never recommend painting, but heck, making old solid hulls look like new for $50 - what's to lose. Never gonna re sale it anyhow....My $0.02
Tim

PS - not the H16 in my pic below

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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:15 pm 
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Here's My '80 with fresh paint!
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1978 H16 (sold)
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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:31 am 
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DO NOT PAINT. We painted a Hobie in our club last year... it looked good in the first few months.. but now it looks horrible coz the pain has started to come off...


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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:24 am 
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If you do want to paint use the 1 or 2 part epoxy paint. Interlux make both and they are good products. The gold standard is Awlgrip. All of the paints are expensive. The main drawback to these paints is they are hard to repair when you get scratches or gouges. Gel coat is much easier to repair.

If the paint is not applied correctly it will flake off. More time is spent prepping than applying. It is alot of work.

Even if all goes well the paint will begin to fade and "wear out" at about 10 years depending on conditions. With a Hobie I would count on less time since they are used pretty hard.

So, it is possible paint and have it come out great. To do so takes alot of work and attention to detail.

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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:15 pm 
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Ditto Hobie Nick,
If you properly prepare the hulls paint should have good durability. I've painted using interlux 2 part using roll and tip. My wife rolls on a thin coat and I tipped right behind her. Several thin coats are the trick. Boat looked great! Looks sprayed to the untrained eye! Also you need to watch the temp and humidity. It's not rocket science but does take care.
Flaking off, fish eye, ect are all improper hull preparation.
I'd think the time to paint H16 hulls would be well spent for the good look for the next 10years. Here is our Hevenly Twins 26.
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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:41 pm 
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I prepped my boat very well, painted it with Nason single stage white paint, wet sanded & polished it to a brilliant shine. I think it shines 10 times better than gel coat, but.....I've righted it twice with the red righting line in the photo & as you can see, it wore the paint right off ! Gel coat is a lot more durable.


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 Post subject: Re: painting hulls
PostPosted: Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:39 pm 
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I know this post was a few months back, but I wanted to ditto Hobie Nick.

If your going to paint your boat, don't cheap out on it. Do it right with Awlgrip and your going to have a rock hard shiny finish that will last you years. Awlgrip is the gold standard or it's equivalent Alexseal.


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