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Bottom Prep and Paint
|We used paint stripper then went over the whole bottom with 80 grit sandpaper, then light pressure washing and then wiped down with solvent fiberglass wash. |
We then patched all the deep scratches and other messed up places with west epoxy.
Used 4 coats of gray interlux Inter Protect 2000 E. It is a epoxy barrier paint. It only takes about 1/2 gallon of the paint + 2/3 of the can of reactor (hardener) per coat. If you mix the whole gallon you will waste about a quart of the paint. I mixed 64 ounces of the paint with 10.5 ounces of the reactor. It takes 3 gallons so you buy three kits which contain paint and reactor. You need a paint stirrer that you can put in a drill to mix this efficiently and fast. Rolled on with a 3/8 nap micro fiber paint roller with a plastic liner in the roller pan. You have to throw away the roller cover and plastic liner after each coat as the epoxy paint will dry between coats even in the closed can.
Using interlux micron CF for Antifouling paint, 2 coats. Which is one gallon. I used plain ole black for the color. When I start seeing the gray barrier paint, hopefully not sooner than a couple of years, I will know it is time for more antifouling paint.
It took me about an hour to mix paint, apply paint and then clean up to get ready for next coat. There is a 3 hr wait between coats at 75 F. I could apply the paint in about 20 min. I do paint houses for a living so I am not as sore as some would be after doing this. (aleve is wonderful)