Bottom Painting & Plank staining

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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by BulldogBoater » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:20 pm

I agree with using something other than Gloss White for the deck. I used it on my fishing skiff (first build - didn't know any better). It never looks clean and the reflection is unbearable at times. I also used non-skid tape.

I will be painting the decks this winter to an off-white/sand color that I have used on a Tubby Tug and my Squirt. Much less glare, much more forgiving of dirt, and I got a deal on it from a West Marine closing.

I also now add a non-slip additive to the paint. I like it better and in helps to hide any imperfections in my workmanship and I haven't slipped once.

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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by SkinnySKiff » Thu Sep 03, 2009 6:47 am

May go with an off white also or maybe white, just not glossy. Most of my deck will be non skid. Got a couple ideas how I am going to do that. I am also considering putting some kind of synthetic planking as a finisher for the cockpit floor. I think this area is called the sole. Something like cork with a little spongy feel, but plank looking.
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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by wwamann » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:25 am

Question 2. I would like to stain the mahogany planks below the covering board with CC red mahogany Penetrating stain. This makes the varying mahogany colors more uniform. Some people suggested to seal with Smith's CPES after staining and before applying Varnish. Is this necessary?


I can not answer your question, but this link may help.

or same site different section


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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by ttownshaw » Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:34 am

Good info, thanks for posting.

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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by chugalug » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:55 am

:D Say ,Bill-would sand-blaster sand work to mix with paint?I might have some of that instead of beach sand.I have some fine black beach sand but it's magnetite :roll: -might mess with compass. :roll:
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Post by Stromz » Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:10 pm

Bill Edmundson wrote:Kilejian,

That being said I use Interlux VC Performace 2 part Epoxy with Teflon.

Do you use a primer first or can you go from epoxy directly to the Interlux?

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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Oct 15, 2016 7:40 pm

I'm pretty sure I went down on the sanded epoxy surface. I think it was 80 grit. READ THE CAN. The paint needs some Tooth to grip.

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Re: Bottom Painting & Plank staining

Post by gdcarpenter » Sun Oct 16, 2016 7:49 am

The VC Performance Epoxy I used for the bottom on my ZIP was sprayed down directly over the cured epoxy with an 80 grit final sanding on the epoxy. She's sat in the the lake for a month at a time, I believe the VC is rated for up to 60 days continuous immersion.

I personally think the best part of the VC is it's hardness for boats like mine that get trailerd a lot. Umpteen launches and retrievals and well over 5,00 trailered miles and the bottom is still pristine. Any scratches accumulated along the way can be sanded or 'polished' with 220.
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