thanks for the info Tom:thumbup:I had good luck with a 2-part polyurethane, but it is expensive and it was a new build project. I would suggest a one part polyurethane. If you are looking to save money check you local hardware store I am pretty sure that someone like Rust Oleum makes it at a cheaper price than what you find at marine parts stores.
where did you buy the interlux perfection west marine??Jeff - Tom, others- I just hauled my boat down to the E. Shore to paint the outer strakes but couldn't get the garage temps up high enough even with a 23k kerosene plus 9k propane heater. Spring it is. I bought Interlux Perfection and Interlux epoxy primer. Any tips for the best finish with Perfection? Jim
Yes, a friend bought it for me using his commercial account at West Marine. You can buy it online for much less than the local boating supply houses.where did you buy the interlux perfection west marine??
Thanks. Good to know. I have a nice air supply respirator system with 50 ft. hose that I had to use because of my epoxy allergy. I'll use it for the Perfection as well. Had not planned it. JimJim
Be real carefull about applying Interlux Perfection--while it is good paint it is extremly hazardous-(isocyanate)-interlux recomends an airline respirator when applying perfection
had a neighbor that applied it to a boat last spring- he did it outside, with a roller & brush, without an airline respirator--took him weeks to get over the effects of inhaling the fumes, he swore he would never use it again!!
the interlux website has alot of info about applying their products
yachtpaint.com - the official site of International and Interlux paints
Tom - I have 3 coats of West Systems epoxy over Okoume. Earlier this week, I mixed up the Interlux 2 part epoxy primer (link below) and brushed it on but ended up sanding it down the next day because it kept running like molasses. No end to the drips. Thankfully, I was able to sand it smooth and it left a thin layer - like plastic (thick stuff) but I need to buy more and do it again - in the Spring. This is something you want to do in 75 degrees or better temps. I learned the hard way. I used a 23k BTU kerosene heater and a 9k BTU Buddy Heater but just could not get it warm enough. You want that epoxy paint to dry much faster. More importantly, what you said about thinning the mix.... I'll go thin, thin, thin and more coats next time for sure. That is HUGE!!! Yes... 4-5 coats next time. The garage I used is great for this purpose when the weather improves. Boat fits in with lots of room to work around it, large windows on all sides. Just too big to heat without a pellet or wood stove. JimIsn't that one that you have to measure by weight. If so I would suggest that you purchase a kitchen scale that indicates down to at least one's of grams. Write down the mix before you start the job. 150 resin, 50 hardener, 15 thinner . . . 150 . .. 200 . . . 215 It makes it easier not to screw it up.
I used epethanes two part polyurethane with a lot of success. I did it in the summer with all the doors open on my shop including two roll up doors fumes were not an issue. I doubt that I could do the job in the winter when the doors had to be closed for temperature reasons. Also mine were realtively small jobs. 16 foot kayaks.
Make sure that you thin it to the recommended amount. It may take an extra few coats but it will come out better.
Also pay attention to the time between coats. With the stuff I was using you can recoat within 24 (or was it 48) hours without sanding. This meant that I could do a light hand sanding with a block just to get rid of the drips, bugs, etc. in between coats rather than do a full fledged sanding. Waiting longer meant that I had to knock the gloss off of everything before applying the next coat. Not the way to build up a finish.
I applied like 5 coats to get a decent finish.
Prep work, prep work, prep work. . . is the key.
Oh and two more things.
3M Scotch Brand 218 fine line tape is the ticket for taping off areas. Anything less and the paint will wick under it and you will end up with a mess.
Added on to that the stuff eats up spar varnish (or any other paint for that matter). Which means two things. (1) if you are painting a boat that already has paint on it which is not 2 part polyeurathane, take the Perfection back to the store and buy 1-part paint. (2) paint first varnish (at least final coat) second.
I sealed my boats in epoxy prior to painting. On one I did the varnish work first and the paint caused it to rinkle so I ended up doing two more coats after I painted the boat. On the second I coated everything with epoxy painted the bottom; masked off the painted area with plastic held in place with regular masking tape; did the edges with 218 tape; then did the varnish work.