Usually, when someone makes this type of request, there always those who seem to think everyone has a lot of money
& should just "do it right" the first time & get the expensive paint
. My time is worth much less many than my money
What are the best brands of cheap paint
that can be used on the deck
? Can these brands be painted on the boat
while in the saltwater without flaking off due to the moisture present during painting? I don't want to haul out
I have a 51 year old boat
with a baby-blue gelcoat deck
that has been sanded smooth and painted with a bleh eggshell, beige color. The paint is peeling all over the deck. Some of the blue areas are as big as 1' x 2', but there are lots of small patches of peeled paint everywhere. New peelings constantly shed off.
Furthermore, this is a sailboat with 2 anchors on the bow and an all-chain rode
. Is there a paint that can withstand a single-hander quickly hauling up the chain and laying it on the deck without chipping?
I bought some West Marine Interlux
Brightside paint, sanded alot, by hand, and painted the front of the bow's deck, to see how it would hold up. The boat was in the water
. After being on the hook for a few months, it already has some big chips missing from the chain dragging over it. This stuff was expensive too! I didn't use TSP or alcohol, but I sanded for a long time, with the sandpaper that the instructions directed.
I just spent a few hours looking up alternatives to expensive marine-paint.
It's OK if the paint peels in 3 or 5 years. I'm not looking for a long-term paint-job, just something that will not look BAD for the next few years. Currently, it looks bad.
I'd also prefer low VOCs, and as nontoxic as can reasonably be acheived, and something from a local paint store, like K-mart, true-value, or Sherwin Williams.
I'm currently considering:
based porch & floor (it says for boats in small print on the back), low VOCs!, made by akzo, the makers of awlgrip. Sold
at Walmart & Home Depot.
I've read that polyeurethane is the way to go, but it is much more expensive.
I've read that some paints require an absolutely dry area to stick for long.
I've read that oil
based paints designed for porches are the way to go for cheaper boat paint.
I've read that if I get a white paint, I'd have to swab the deck with fresh water
once a week to avoid it turning brown, therefore, white is out.
I'd rather have a flat coat, to prevent glare.
Do I need to have TSP & alcohol and can this be done in the water?
Glidden's oil based porch & floor (for boats in small print), has low VOCs, and is made by Akzo, the makers of awlgrip. This is what I'm considering the most, right now.
Any further suggestions before I make the jump & buy another can of paint? I wish I could return this Interlux