Need serious helpful advice - from those who have either commissioned or done the work themselves - on painting artwork on the transom.
We have our boat on the hard
at the moment and it will be on the hard
through possibly Thursday next week. The bottom is being painted and the hull
The boat is a 31 year old Pearson
sailboat with super thick gel coat. The transom has been clobbered by dingys and the usual mishap over the decades.
I have spoken with the yard owner - Seaview North in Puget Sound
- and discussed this topic with him. They can repair the gel coat dings with new gel coat patches, grinding down through the oxidation to reach the original color of the white gelcoat
to improve the ability to match the old gelcoat
and new gel coat patch, for a time anyway.
He said they would wet sand the transom for me and leave it alone till I get through painting my graphics. Then they will come back and wax the transom.
I am an amateur artist, very little training but decently skilled with drawing, so I should be able to create something pleasant on the back of the boat that won't embarrass me or the captain
. If it's a failure, I'll pay the yard to sand it off...
My questions to those with qualifications painting on fiberglass
do I need a primer, once the wet sanding
has dried, and if so, what to use, how to apply, etc.
I have acrylic paint
and guache. The acrylic paint
was purchased at Michael's, was manufactured in China
, and is Battat. Is this an adequate product? The guache is Winsor and Newton made in Britain. As I look at my little pile of paints, I realize they are too little in volume. So, what brand should I purchase
? What paint will work for this? Where can I find it? I would prefer to purchase
artist paints that also work on canvas
and paper, since I know a little about using that kind of paint. But will they work?
I have some expensive animal hair brushes
and some cheapo plastic bristle brushes
. Also some brush cleaners, all designed for acrylic and water
colors. Guessing use cheap
plastic bristle brushes. Should I purchase something else?
Will the wax protect the artwork from UV, if I am religious with waxing?
Will the paint chip off anyway and look bad fairly quickly, notwithstanding some jerk backing into the transom with their boat, or unpleasant encounters of our own with hard objects? Any hope of the inflatable
dingy not destroying the artwork?
Does the acrylic need to dry any particular time period before waxing over it? I'm assuming liquid wax only - no buffing the wax on the artwork.
As I've never done this, I'm too ignorant to even know all the questions to ask.
Please provide helpful information if you have performed this artwork yourself, or have commissioned it. Really looking for serious advice.
Thanks very much, in advance.