> We are taking on the task of repainting the hull of a 10-year
>old empacher. I was wondering if anyone out there has any experience
>with re-painting an entire 8+ and even better if you did an
> The information I'm looking for is a) boat prep, b) what kind of
>paint, c) the number of coats, d) type of painting machinery used, e) pitfalls
>etc. I have some pretty good hands helping me out on this huge task.
>Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated.
>Many thanks in advance,
>serra/notre dame crew
Our best success has been to find an auto-body shop with lots of room and
someone who's interested in sports.
1. they know their paints.
2. they know how to prep the surface
3. they know how to paint for a high gloss finish
4. some of them like new challenges
5. If you plead nicely you might be able to get a real bargain on
the cost of the paint and the labour.
When we were getting our first boat ready for an auto body guy to
put clear finish on, he said "rough it up with some 1000 grit paper"
we thought to ourselves - "rough? 1000? We use 400 to smooth it off!"
These painters are so good, and the coatings so thin, that you can see
the scratch marks from 400-grit until they put a second coat on.
Hope this helps.
Walter "where the heck is that pitchmeter, the ice is only 3 feet thick,
rowing season's coming" Martindale