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Old 05 December 2004, 10:56   #1
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Hull Refurb

Hi All
i need some advice on paints etc
just got Smurf ready to turn over to give the hull a good sorting out
i am going to rub the hull down to origional gelcoat colour orange (yellow at the moment) fill all the grazes that its had over the years before i bought it
and paint back to origional orange.
QUESTIONS:-

what filler should i use ?
what primer/ base coat ?
what top coat? the rib is staying on a trailor whilst not in use.
Thanx in advance
Barry

PS if any one is good with a piece of sand paper who can spare anytime over christmas and is good atpainting good at filling and can do it unpaid and unsupervised whilst i enjoy myself over xmas please let me know .
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Old 05 December 2004, 14:25   #2
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The best type of filler to use would be an epoxy based filler, the stuff is tuff as hell and wont drop out. failing that you can use a polyseter gelcoat filler.

If the damage is deep you can consider putting in some fibreglass bridging filler (Davids P40 or similar) available from Halfords.

We use International Brightside for hull repaints (topsides) as its polyurethane, tough and dries really fast, ideal for putting on if its cold.

If you want something tougher try a 2 pack polyurethane such as Perfection (international). I repaint hulls using a small foam roller. Once you have the knack you will be able to get a finish nearly as good a sprayed application. If you have the facilities you would obviously be better to spray the boat.

If on a budget, you can use a standard car 2 pack, available from most auto refinisher suppliers , although it is quite tough, its not really meant to be immersed.

All the intenational paints, epoxys etc can be bought from your local chandlery shop. As a primer for international we use precote and a very light rub down with wet paper between coats. Goodluck
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Old 12 December 2004, 15:00   #3
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Thanks for the reply
getting nearer the point of starting
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