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Old 05-09-2019, 04:46 AM
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We recently acquired a 1989 Henry O 150. Being a 30 year old Florida boat it's days in the sun have taken a toll on the topside of the hull. Has quite a few cracks, small dings and such in the gel coat. It's solid and a great little rig, but I'd like to make it look a little better and also add some type of protective coating to the topside. Would love to strip the hardware and have it line-x'd but I'm not going to spring for that since we have another boat and this one is mainly going to be used for occasional out of town trips and some inshore fishing, but I would like something similar and preferably something I can spray or roll on myself.

Any suggestions? Do's, don'ts etc?
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Old 05-09-2019, 06:15 AM
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Fill in the bigger cracks and dings with epoxy. Roll and tip on Interlux Perfection.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Lizard35 View Post
Fill in the bigger cracks and dings with epoxy. Roll and tip on Interlux Perfection.
Thanks Lizard35,

Any suggestions of type or brand of epoxy? I hadn't considered Interlux, but will look into that as well as maybe Awlgrip.
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Old 05-09-2019, 01:01 PM
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No problem. I forgot to tell you to sand and de wax the whole thing with something like acetone
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Old 05-09-2019, 01:13 PM
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If you want to save money look into Rustoleum topside paint. I used it and it turned out great. There is a thread on THT about this subject, use the search to find it. Here is a link to read on it.

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Old 05-09-2019, 01:27 PM
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I like Perfection also. Have done a couple of boats with it and great results. The beauty of Perfection is that it is as hard as hell. Incredibly tough paint.
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Old 05-09-2019, 04:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Aliboy View Post
I like Perfection also. Have done a couple of boats with it and great results. The beauty of Perfection is that it is as hard as hell. Incredibly tough paint.
Good to know, I definitely want something hard and tough. Thanks,

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Old 05-09-2019, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by sparky986 View Post
If you want to save money look into Rustoleum topside paint. I used it and it turned out great. There is a thread on THT about this subject, use the search to find it. Here is a link to read on it.

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Thanks for that info as well Sparky, not looking to spend a ton of money, just purdy it up a little and protect it.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:11 PM
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Subd, I'm redoing my transom and will need to re paint. Is that interlux perfection one of the paints that is very bright? I read about some brand of paint where most people added a dulling agent to reduce glare. I have a rolled gunnel bay boat and would like to paint it a very light grey and maybe do black webbing. Interested in a paint for this. The boat was previously painted and all the glass work I'm doing is with epoxy so I'm thinking paint is definitely the way to go. Roll and tip seems like the easiest application for me since I've never sprayed anything before...

Interlux perfection still a good option?

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Old 05-10-2019, 08:52 AM
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I've used Interlux Brightside (single-stage) and I'm really happy with it. Their Perfection (two-part) paint is a step above that, I can only imagine how tough it is. Both are geared towards the do-it-yourselfer, I do not believe that awlgrip is.
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