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Old 05-04-2011, 18:38   #1
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Paint Confusion

Searching through paint threads confuses me to death. I am needing to find a good paint for my lockers, and am searching for an alternative to BilgeKote.

I keep reading about enamel, acrylic, polyurethane, urethane, water based, oil based, latex, exterior, porch & patio etc, etc. There are so many different labels and I have no idea which ones are the same, which I should choose, and which to avoid. I know this is how it is when an issue such as paint or varnish is brought up on a forum, but I want to get this right.

All this confusion makes me just want to spend the extra $$$ and get the Bilgekote; but I am trying to be a smart shopper and not just hand Interlux my money because they make stuff marketed to boats. I know there must be a suitable alternative....but I will accept if their product is the best. I've already settled on Perfection for my decks.

For reference, my lockers are mostly previously painted and I am doing meticulous preparation work by cleaning and sanding. I know prep is 90% of the game for paint, so no need to remind me of that. I am strictly trying to figure out which product I will be using. The variety of advice in threads I've searched has left me dizzy with the choices out there.

So to put it simply: what should I be using for a quality, long lasting, tough finish for my lockers. Interlux Bilgekote is the one I know of.

Interior surfaces such as bulkheads and cabinets are next, and Brightsides is the paint I'm trying to find possible alternatives for. Any help would be appreciated to clear up my confusion.
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Old 05-04-2011, 18:52   #2
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Re: Paint Confusion

Rather than spend big bucks on paint that is overhyped for bilge/lockers - I opted to use what your local auto dealership does with the floors of their service bays. It is a two part epoxy paint that is durable and hard enough that you can drive cars and trucks over it and clean it up with a hose and mop.
- - Of course, the secret to any paint is the preparation prior to applying the paint. If the surface is not clean and chemically clean then few if any paints will adhere for any length of time.
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