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Paint Job?

Postby pcbres12 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:18 pm

I am looking to paint the bottom of my thompson a new color. The old color is a Interlux black bottom paint. I want to paint it a new color, but the new one will not be bottom paint, just regular hull paint. If I want to so this, can I paint over the old black with the new color(new color is lauderdale blue)? Or will I have to put on a primer first? If I have to do primer first, can it just be a regular wall primer, or does it have to be marine?
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Postby LancerBoy » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:34 am

Clean the old paint very well and then scuff it up a bit with Scotch Bright pad or sand paper. Cean again then apply your new paint. No need for primer unless you have bare wood. Then just spot prime.

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Postby Phill Blank » Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:43 am


My first question would be what type of bottom paint is it? Is it an ablative antifouling paint? If so I would recommend you check with the manufacturer for their recommendation for painting over it with a non-ablative paint.
My concern would be the possiblity of ablative paint not allowing the standard hull paint to adhere properly and you end up with a peeling bottom area. As ablative paints are design to shed off in layers to revel a new surface. As I have not been in your situation with having a boat that has had a "bottom paint" on it, I would find out exactly what is there now and contact the manufacturer or stip it to be safe and then repaint with standard hull paint.

Just my thoughts.

Good Luck,

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Postby LancerBoy » Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:48 am

Phill is correct. I didn't think about anti-fouling paint. If that's what is on the boat, you may not be able to paint over it. You may have to remove all the anti-fouling paint in order to paint something anew. Find out what you have and check the manufacturer as Phill suggested.

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Postby Bill Dunn » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:51 pm

When I changed mine from anti-fouling to Interlux Brightside I was told by the dealer and the manufacturer to remove all anti-fouling paint or the Brightside would not adhere. I guess when you think about how anti-fouling paint works, that definitly makes sense.
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