Painting Wooden Hull

Old 11-02-2010, 06:55 AM
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Dad and I refinished a wooden hull "Carolina" boat made by Carolina Boat Company in NC about 40+ years ago. We refinished it about 2 or so years ago, and since I sold my sea pro I'm wanting to do a little work to it to make sure it lasts the next few years.

First: I need a recommendation for some good marine putty. We need to fill in some screw holes on the under side of the hull. The screws are still there, just need to seal them up good to prevent any water intrusion.

Second: We painted the hull with a marine grade paint. It's chipping in some places, which is to be expected. I'm going to lightly sand the hull (what grit?) and prep it for another coat of paint. I'll probably use the same paint, but is there some sort of clear coat to help protect the paint from chipping?

Third: Lastly, we need to refinish the inside of the boat. I sprayed it with thompsons water sealant last time, which was very quick and very easy. I'll probably just do that again but I'd be willing to hear some opinions on what product is good to use. Thompsons is cheap and it takes about 15 mins to spray, so we could just make that a yearly thing.

Overall, I'm open to all advice about refinishing a wooden hull. The boat is about 14-15 ft with about a 3-3.5ft beam. It's a little on the small side, but we've already had a blast fishing from it on the last few trips. There's nothing like sitting in the boat fishing and just thinking about the history behind this vessel. My great-grandfather got the boat in the late 60s/early 70s, and he only used it a few times. It sat under a shelter on the farm for many many years before my dad and I decided to take it on as a little project. The most amazing part: there wasn't a SINGLE place of rot anywhere on the hull. We've got her cleaned up, just need to put the finishing touches on her to make her last for several more years. Thanks for the help/advice, I'll try to snap a few pics this weekend and get them up here.
Old 11-02-2010, 08:02 AM
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Sand it to bare wood, apply up to 4 thin coats of a good epoxy (West, RAKA). This will seal the wood from water intrusion and allow the application of a good paint like Awlgrip. You should fill any divits, screw holes, imperfections with the thickened epoxy and cabosil/microballons mixture after you have the 4 coats of epoxy applied. Then paint with Awlgrip.

On the inside, use a copper based wood preservative like Cuprinol mixed 50/50 with lineseed oil. Apply with a garden sprayer or 4" brush.
Old 11-04-2010, 02:48 PM
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thanks chris

anybody else?

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