Need Some Input On Exterior Houseboat Job

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:59 AM   #1
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Need Some Input On Exterior Houseboat Job

Last year I did the inside of a beautiful 2 story steel houseboat built on a large(approx 50 x 100) steel barge-lots of beautiful wood finish inside-owner has excellent taste-insists on top of line materials-really was a dream job.He now wants the exterior powerwashed/repainted from top to waterline.He ususally pushes barge to local shipyard and has their"workers" paint it-which means any Joe schmoe slapping paint everywhere.This time(exterior has 3 color scheme)wants everything taped off.professioanlly done,etc.No sweat..There is no peeling/bubbled paint anywhere -paint on there is oilbased marine enamel--this time he wants to use a special 2 part marine paint(supposedly beter quality than original used on boat)Anyway-have never used a 2 part marine paint--any one have any thoughts on this subject?We will be cutting/rolling-no spray -thoughts/comments/suggestions/criticisms/This is a million dollar boat and I need to make sure my ducks are all in a row.Owner is purchasing the paint from a local shipyard--thanks for any input!!!
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:57 PM   #2
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Re: Need Some Input On Exterior Houseboat Job

if I presume you mean the 2 pack epoxy paints, my only tipS would be to make sure you adhere to the instructions on the cans, when mixing, these 2 part paints often have a maximum working time so don't mix to far ahead of your self and make sure your amounts are measured exactly.
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Appreciate the advice.If the weather here will cooperate i am sure all will be fine.It's just a little scary working with a new product-but-nothing ventured nothing gained.Thanks again-bayoupainter
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:33 PM   #4
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Sub this out to someone with experience and WATCH! It's absolutely crazy to paint a million dollar boat as your first marine experience. You've got to get rid of the fouling and know what to do with the aluminum.

Proper surface prep...
Anti-fouling paint...
Anti-Corrosive primer...
The right urethane...

I would recommend going with HMG or Axon for the paint...
Some things just shouldn't be mixed... like... Kids & Paint
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Easy job but i would spray on coatings .after u power wash all the dirt and salts off the super structure and freeboard sand all areas to be coated with a d/a sander or pole sander 80/100 grit wipe off all dust solvent wipe clean and prime all bare metal w a marine epoxy like f-150 or 235 bar rust and top coat w/pro line pro thane 4800 or similar product.for a top quality paint job prime all areas w a epoxy coating allow the dry time and 2 top coats urethane.anti-fouling coatings are used for under water hulls ,there is no need for anti-fouling coatings above the water line.most joe shmoe yardbird painters know what what they are doing they dont just let any bum slap a protective coating on a big buck item.

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