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Bottom Refinsihing Items

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:47 am
by peteburrs
I want to start by apologizing as I am sure this has been answered before but I cannot find it and the search function is not working.

I am wondering what recommendation anyone has for sealers, primers, paint, etc. when restoring the bottom of the boat. I do recall recommendations for purching items from Jamestown but with so many choices I am look for quidance.

Thanks in advance for any replies.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:27 pm
by Bill Dunn
It depends on if the boat spends extended periods in the water, or if it kept on a trailer. If it is left in the water for extended periods you should use an anti-fouling bottom paint. Most have a copper powder base and the paint naturally leaches off slowly. That prevents any "hitch hikers" from latching on.
If it is kept on a trailer, you can use the same type of paint that you use above the waterline. I use Interlux Briteside. It holds up well and is cheaper than the anti-fouling ( check out the price of copper!!!). I like the look of the bottom being a different color, so I use a deep red on the bottom as a contrast to the white sides. It all comes down to personal preference.

PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:44 pm
by Torchie
I use Old Salem 1950 hard racing Copper Bronze. No it's not cheap but it wears like iron. You can get it from the Classic Boat Connection.
Bottom painting is such a PITA that I use a product that is going to last, plus in my mind a "copper bottom" is part of what makes these boats the things of beauty that they are.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:41 pm
by peteburrs
It appeared as though there was very thick primer applied before the paint went on. It was very difficult to strip off and most if it ended up needing to be sanded off. Does anyone know if this was the case and if so any recommended product? Also does anyone have a recommendation on what to use to fill the holes where the bolts go through, some of the filler has chipped or fallen out.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2012 4:29 pm
by Torchie
You can use Marine Bondo or as 3M calls it Polyester Fairing Filler.
I believe that some form of white lead was used as a primer. I did not strip my bottom down to the wood as I did not want to have to sand or strip thru that old lead based nastiness :shock:

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:16 am
by LancerBoy
Smith's Fill-It works well too as a filler for screw and bolt countersunk holes. Made by the same firm that makes CPES.