I'm away from the boat, so I don't have access to details and I'm relying on memory. I experimented with a competitive epoxy/poly paint
The promise of longevity and combination primer/topcoat was appealing. I researched the heck out of this stuff and decided the promise of a magic bullet was worth a shot.
I have experience with rolling/tipping Awlgrip and Perfection, but zero experience with spraying.
A paint pro volunteered his time and we painted a variety of deck
sections, 3'x4' panels
(vertical and horizontal), and interior
lockers on my fiberglass
cat. We sprayed and we rolled/tipped.
We invested many hours together and my $$$.
Throughout the project
we consulted a field rep for the product, who was overseeing the painting of a USCG vessel in a NE boatyard. He was an experienced and straightforward fellow, who assured us the paint lived up to every claim ... but cautioned that we might not achieve a consistent "yacht quality" finish.
Bottom line: we couldn't get a consistent "yacht quality" finish. Essentially, the paint was too thick and required too much thinning, which we believed diminished the desirable properties of the paint. It is clearly a superb industrial quality paint.
That said, the Ameron version of this paint mix claims to be capable of providing a yacht quality finish. I watched as a 40' or so steel power boat
that was rolled/tipped with the paint. It isn't yacht quality because the steel wasn't prepped for it. But several years later (the boat has remained on the hard) the blue paint is in superb condition and no sign of fading with a still shiny surface.
However, the painting part was very frustrating for the pro painters. They remained in close contact with Ameron techs to use additives to deal with varying temps and humidity issues. It was a long project
that had problems, in part caused by unfamiliarity with the paint demanded by the customer.
My takeaway from all of this: Stick with purpose-proven products with good customer support that are within my budget
. I'll leave the magic bullets for others to wrestle.
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