24th February 2016 at 10:25pm #1347
Hi Everybody, I have a ply deck that is need of some tlc. Thinking about painting rather than varnish. Not sure where to start, wondered if anybody could offer some advice or point me in the direction of a web site. Thanks Andy.26th February 2016 at 9:11am #8672KenParticipant
Well Andy, as you have had NO replies I will have a go for you. Basically lots of confidence needed before you start, make sure you really want to go down this route ? once painted No going back. First are you happy with the position of your fittings ? now is the time to reposition or have a refit if needed. Take all your fittings off in the area requiring painting and give them a good service.
Paint selection basically up to you and the finish you want, plenty out there to choose from at all good chandlers. Each paint company has its own website offering loads of advice on how to proceed.
But for me and for ease of application especially on an older boat I would use 1 pack polyurethane and brush it on, 2 pack paint can be hard to apply and create problems if temperature and conditions are not correct.
Ensure your decks are well prepared and clean rubbed down and the conditions are met as supplied by the paint manufacturer instructions. Maybe you will need an undercoat, which will be the basis of a good top finish if this is applied and dried correctly.
Same with the top coat, apply as instructed and not much can go wrong.
Remember it is not a new boat and if you only make a half decent job it will still most likely look pretty good once finished.
Off course you could always have it professionally spray painted depending on how much you want to spend on your boat.
So the ball is in your court my friend if this thread is aimed at giving you the confidence to have a go, do it, nothing to lose. Good Luck send us some pics before and after. Regards Ken.26th February 2016 at 7:48pm #8673
Thanks for the reply, much appriciated. Decided to g down the painting route as the deck has a number of repairs that wont lend itself to a nice finish. Will definately want to apply an undercoat/primer. Interesting point about using 1 pack polyurethane, asuming its applied properly, will it stand up to the riggers of hiking?
Thanks Andy26th February 2016 at 8:21pm #8674Paul CraigParticipant
In the same situation as you, I opted to get the boat professionally re-decked and varnished27th February 2016 at 4:03pm #8675Alan PriceParticipant
Ken makes some very valid points.
I’ve just been giving 1989, a composite boat, a bit of tlc and went for a paint job on the decks.
After getting back to bare wood,the basic system I used on them was as follows:
I x coat of epoxy resin. Wash off when fully cured with water with a dash washing up liquid .Light wet sand with 320 grade
2+x coats of International Pre Kote. The first coat will show any areas that need fine filling. Sand wet with 400 grade between coats
2 x coats of International Toplac. A single pack high gloss paint. Wet sand with 600 grade between coats.
You can always add a little colour/tinter available in tubes from decorator’s merchants. This will give the boat a personal touch and can be fun.
For the Toplac I used a small foam roller, covering and brushing out very lightly a small area at a time.
There are a few pictures in an album of before and after(just about finished) on Flickr.
It may seem a bit daunting but it really is easy. The bit I hate is the stripping back and the sanding between coats. In fact, this is what takes the most time. Actually applying the paint is fairly quick but of course must not be rushed either.
So go on. Get cracking27th February 2016 at 8:53pm #8676
Thanks for the advice, clearly works as you have done a cracking job, looks stunning.
Mine is 1883 and also a composite. Condition of the deck is about the same, the hull is not to bad, but in for a penny in for a pound. Will post so pics shortly and add some updates as it moves along.
Thanks Andy28th February 2016 at 2:33pm #8677Alan PriceParticipant
Your boats certainly has a history, Andy.
You may find CVRDA an interesting set up and there is lots of stuff on paints and painting etc in boat maintenance section of their large forum. I sailed with them over several years with 1211 and 1963 until I moved here. The events are great fun and the racing only as serious as you want it to be.
all the best
Alan17th April 2016 at 9:55pm #867818th April 2016 at 7:09am #8679DaveBourneParticipant
No need to steam the ply, it’ll take up the bend no problem. If I were you, I’d use 4mm ply as 6 is far too much for decking. You’ll also save a bit of weight. Just be sure to check the curve of your deck beams with a long batten to ensure you have a fair curve.26th April 2016 at 6:27am #8680
Dave thanks for that, sure you can tell this is my first attempt at any ‘re-decking.
Have got a quote from Robbins and found that it is almost the same cost to get it delivered as it is for the ply itself. So I was wondering if by any chance, anybody knows of a marine ply supplier in or near Lincolnshire.
Thanks.26th April 2016 at 9:57am #8681andyt15064Participant
Tim Collins in Wroxham?27th April 2016 at 4:39pm #8682davecooperParticipant
Yes, definitely Collins in Wroxham: I’ve bought it from him. Also Sykes Timber (Atherstone, where’s that? Midlands somewhere, I think) do boatbuilding timber, Maybe they would?
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