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Old 07-12-2007, 09:32 PM   #1
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Default Warwick RI area 'bottom paint' reccommendation

Instead of constantly trailering my 18 ft. walkaround, I got a slip in Warwick. I obviously now need an anti-foul bottom paint job. Any reccs. for service centers in the Warwick area? What is the preferred procedure; i.e. power wash (boat has been in the slip for about 2 weeks), remove wax, paint on primer vs. 'hand sand', then apply the anti-foul paint?......I'm just not familiar with the procedure.....any info. would be helpful, thank you in advance.
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If you want to trailer an hour north I could get it in my shop
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Mass Rn, do it yourself and save a ton. First as you said I would powerwash the bottom. Spread a tarp under the bottom of the boat to keep the area clean and safe. Second get Interlux 202 fiberglas solvent wash. This will clean the bottom. Have plenty of clean rags handy and use them generously. Third, put a scuff on the bottom with a 7-800 grade sandpaper, this will allow the bottom paint to adhere better. Use tack rags to absorb the dust, and keep the surface clean. Tape off your water line with a good tape so you get a crisp, clean water line with no paint runs.

Choose your bottom paint , modified epoxy goes on and stays on and does not wear off, but its effectiveness does. Ablative paint goes on and will wear off, like a bar of soap does as water passes over it in the shower. Choose single season or multi season. There are other paints that add slime protection as well. The price goes up as well. If you choose ablative paint, choose a color different from your hull bottom color that way you can see where it wears.

Lastly take your time and prep it right and your boat will come out looking like a million bucs.

Hope this helps,


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Old 07-13-2007, 10:09 PM   #4
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Call/email Brent at The Boat Guys. He's right in Warwick and will come to your boat to do the job. He does excellent work and is very reasonable. Tell him Greg with the Mako sent you. He just detailed my boat beautifully this past week.

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Old 07-14-2007, 08:00 PM   #5
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Thank you all for your advice.....Laserk, I left a message with The Boat Guys....I hear they do good work, but I understand they also leave the boat on the trailer when doing their work.......................The shop I have tentatively decided to have paint the bottom doesn't suggest using a barrier coat, as some people have alluded to using in other posts. They said in Fla. (where the boat may be in the water year round) it would be more prudent to use a barrier coat. They have new very high-end sanders....they take the boat off the trailer, sand and then add two coats of abalative others solvents are used in the process. The one thing I do know for a fact is that they are very reputable and highly reccommended for service in general. (I shopped around and got quotes of $250.00 to $2000.00 !!!). Their quoted estimate is about $500.00)...any thoughts???

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Ya, they are getting about 100/hour to do a job you could do yourself. Bottom paint is not rocket science. Just messy if you don't take your time, set up and do it right.
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:23 AM   #7
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Not to hijack the thread, but on a new never painted hull is it be better to use an epoxy barrier coat primer or a sandless primer before applying the bottom paint?

Also, what's the best way to paint the bottom when it's on a (roller) trailer. Would you prime and paint and then move the boat to get at the areas the rollers were covering?

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