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Old 13-04-2010, 13:32   #1
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I am installing a new watermaker. I cut some ply panels to mount the components on. My wife volunteered to paint them for me ( a real team effort as are most of our boat projects). Unfortunately the paint can instructions are in Greek and the first coat she applied on the bare uncoated plywood was not the primer, as intended, but white gloss exterior oil based enamel.
Should I sand this back to bare timber and start again? (this would be hand as I am anchored and my inverter will not drive my power sander). Or is the unprimed paint OK?
The paint will only be in the engine bay, but I am a perfectionist. Will the lack of primer affect the durability, finish or both?
Thanks for your help, painting is one area I never seem to get right.
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Just rough it up with 220 grit sand paper and you should be fine.
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Just rough it up with 220 grit sand paper and you should be fine.
Thanks for the reply. Do you mean sand with 220 then coat with primer?
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For god's sake leave it alone, and don't let her see this thread. If the paint starts to flake, repaint it! GEEZ!
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For god's sake leave it alone, and don't let her see this thread. If the paint starts to flake, repaint it! GEEZ!
Obviously a reply from a very astute observer of the female gender. I have a lot to learn, even after 30 years of marriage.
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For god's sake leave it alone, and don't let her see this thread. If the paint starts to flake, repaint it! GEEZ!
Yeah just tell her she messed up your boat and now you need a new (and Bigger) one.

Primer is just typically the cheapest paint to go on to fill the area for the final coat. So just sand and paint again with the gloss. You already primed it you just want something for the next coat to adhere to.
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