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Old 08 March 2007, 15:42   #1
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Has anyone painted their hull while still on a trailer???

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Just wondered if anyone has managed to paint their hull while its still on the trailer?? Mines a bit of a heavy old tub and not quite sure how to go about it, any ideas more than welcome!!!
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Old 08 March 2007, 16:24   #2
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Yes. It's not easy and make sure you're wearing good eye protection.

I antifouled a 5m flattish bottomed hardboat on a rollercoaster trailer.
I did it by painting everything I could get to, waiting a few days for it to dry and then rolling it backwards to do the areas the rollers were on while it was htched to a car so it couldn't tip backwards.

I wouldn't recommend it unless it's the only option. It's really hard work on the back and not easy to do a good job. Rubbing it down is an awful job-specially trying to do around the rollers.
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Yep, same method as Nos's, again on a 17ft hardboat.

Awkward position for painting and loads of drips on the trailer.
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Yep, right royal pain in the a**e!

Nos' method but I pulled one of the wheels of the trailer up on a car ramp and sat on a little mechanics wheeled stool. Did one side at a time. Made it a bit easier but I'm glad it wasn't my boat
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Sounds like fun!! I was kinda thinking along the route of preping the hull, covering the trailer and sealing up the rollers then hire a compressor and spray it, or the other idea was to jack the transom up using a specially made cradle so you can get right underneath then its only the bow and edge of the transom that would need touching in!! This sounds like it going to be a fun challenge!!!
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Me too. Backache and wiggly 'waterline' . I'll get it right this season. Used a small disposable roller to speed the job up.

This was the first time the hull had been antifouled and as I wasn't sure about the whole affair I didn't bother sanding down the lovely shiny hull, or applying any primer, just slapped the antifouling paint on. I thought that if I didn't like it, or it didn't work, I would be able to get it off more easily. It was all still on at the season's end. Mind you I rarely exceed 30 knts and cruise at about 23 knts.

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Mollers,
I guess this would also be a good technique to allow you to work on stripping and painting the trailer? The trouble is, I'm not sure how strong my garage roof is!

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