Re: [bolger] Digest Number 2964
- Chris, you have given me a lot to think about. The
deck house is on a Cheoy Lee Monterey Clipper, a
salmon-troller type boat. It has a high motor-vessel
type house, and I would like to keep it painted. What
if I strip it to the extent possible, hit all the bare
wood with an epoxy sealer, then overcoat with a good
latex primer and acrylic topcoat? I have always used
latex on the topsides and superstructure of ply-epoxy
boats with good results, but this is my first real
wooden boat, and I had assumed (maybe wrongly) that
oil-based marine paint was better for the topside
planking, cabin and housesides.
--- Chris Crandall <crandall@...> wrote:
> Don't do it. Really. Latex paint (assuming you've__________________________________________________
> got acrylic "latex"
> on her) is made to be flexible. It is quite
> dynamic, and this is a
> good, good thing. Putting oil-based paint on top of
> her is a bad match.
> The reason is that oil-based paints are not as
> flexible, and as a
> result, they will check and flake off. You must
> match your primer to
> your topcoat. While you can occasionally get away
> with latex over
> oil-primer, you should not attempt oil over latex
> I agree that the perfect is the enemy of the good.
> But the crappy is
> the enemy of the good, too, and that's what you'll
> have on your hands.
> Your deckhouse is teak boards? Alas, too bad it's
> not a teak veneer
> (like a Frisco Flyer).
> You could stick with latex, but you still wouldn't
> be out of the woods.
> I would strip her as much as is possible in a single
> day. That should
> be a lot. Then, I would degrease her as much as
> possible--that means
> lots of acetone and scrubbing. Then, a top quality
> exterior latex
> primer (I happen to favor Kilz II, which is thick
> and flexible). Then a
> topcoat or two of your choice. I believe that latex
> primer can stick to
> teak with proper preparation. It's not the easiest
> and it's not the
> best, but it would probably work.
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