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Old 15-12-2008, 17:04   #1
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Painting the Head

I am in the process of re-doing the head. The wall surfaces appear to be a Formica type of material that is laminated to plywood. There are a few stress cracks as well as many holes from the prior owners going mad with the drill and screwing all manner of crap to the walls. I want to fill and fair cracks and holes and paint the walls with a high quality marine enamel. If I sand the surface well and maybe prime can this be done to this type of material???
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You can indeed paint it and be sure to do a thorough sanding since it will be the determining factor in the job lasting any length of time. The only issue might be the material coming loose later if the adhesive fails.
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I have found a company that manufactures a line of specialty "Adhesive" primers, one that is especialy designed for painting Formicas, looks like just what the doctor ordered.
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You can buy marine grade enamel in spray cans. Done right, it would look really professional.
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You can buy marine grade enamel in spray cans. Done right, it would look really professional.
I haven't been able to use spray paint inside the boat without the overspray getting everywhere no matter how hard I tried. You can roll and tip most enamel paints and get that smooth finish without spraying. We like AwlGrip and used it extensively on interior parts of the head including the inside of the shower pan and it looks great.
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Chuck,

I second that, would not spray, done correctly rolling and tiping can looked better than sprayed.
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I rebuilt my groco and decided to paint it with a white and beige speckle finish paint. I never could match the white of the bowl or the creme of the fiberglass. It looks pretty sharp. I did it in the garage and I wouldn't spray anything inside the boat. I place it on a corian disc and added some black nylon bolt caps on the bronze bolts too.

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These folks have good products, and good intructions:

Bathtub Refinishing Referral Network Diy Bathtub Refinishing Paint and Repair Kit For Tub Tile Shower Sink

We did the cultured marble sink in one of our heads, and a year later, we are still pleased with the results.
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AWL-GRIP gets my vote too. It is easy to use, and TOUGH!
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