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Old 26-07-2017, 07:21   #1
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Painted Deck...?

Just got this from a broker and wondered about anyone's experience with a painted deck:

Painting decks is common here as gelcoat where's out as boats get older. The most popular and durable paints are the two part linear polyurethanes, like Awlgrip and Sterling brands. If applied properly they turn out great.

Seems to me like a new maintenance problem where the gelcoat, even worn, was just a scrub and forget surface? Topsides too?
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Old 26-07-2017, 07:42   #2
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Re: Painted Deck...?

How bad could a GRP deck be for it to need painting? something to think about.

However, on the dive rib I painted the deck each year with Internationals deck paint by just touching in. Dive cylinders and weight belts did leave marks.

No fade and you couldn't see the difference in the light grey once it had dried.

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Re: Painted Deck...?

I have a painted deck. I'm not sure what your question is...?
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I would say painting decks is fairly common . Not as durable as gel coat but the Gel coat does get real pourous after years in the sun on some boats. Paint can scratch though. If the colors are the same not too big a deal. Seen many a racing boat with scratches all over the deck showing non matching color below.... from pole scrapes etc...
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I have a painted deck. I'm not sure what your question is...?
Coming from the construction industry I've learned the very hard way a long time ago that once you paint something, as opposed to leaving a surface that didn't come that way, you create maintenance and upkeep that wasn't there before. I had an old C-36 and with a little soft scrub the decks were just fine. Now that this one has been painted, it's going to require more care and upkeep if not repainting somewhere along the line.
If the boat wasn't so full of new equipment and priced so well I wouldn't bother, hence my question for those who know boats much more than I do...
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Fair enough then. Yes, there will be some maintenance, but a durable surface might serve more like a bedliner on a truck than just paint on a hull.
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Re: Painted Deck...?

The big difference in my mind is once gelcoat starts getting old and chaulky, it takes ever more effort to keep it looking decent and if you are agressive, you start wearing thru it.

At some point a refurbishment is in order. You can respray with gelcoat or you can respray with paint.

Having done the topsides on a boat several years back, loved the paint as 3yrs on it was still shiny with no waxing or buffing. It was a 1 part paint so not as durable as the 2 part paints but touch up was a breeze as I just had a small can and a foam brush to do it. Unless you got up within a few inches, you couldn't see the touch ups.

In the 3yrs, I probably saved all the effort I would have put into buffing and waxing. We sold the boat at that point but no reason not to expect at least a few more years. At that point, you can always strip the paint or if solid, just prep and paint over.
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Coming from the construction industry I've learned the very hard way a long time ago that once you paint something, as opposed to leaving a surface that didn't come that way, you create maintenance and upkeep that wasn't there before. I had an old C-36 and with a little soft scrub the decks were just fine. Now that this one has been painted, it's going to require more care and upkeep if not repainting somewhere along the line.
If the boat wasn't so full of new equipment and priced so well I wouldn't bother, hence my question for those who know boats much more than I do...
If a good job of painting was done and you take care it will be fine, and will stay shiny much better than gel coat does actually.
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Guys,

Paint your decks with this product (Kiwi Grip) easy single pack to use over gel coated decks or other, water soluble as well and gives a great flexible very UV resistant cover, Im speaking from personal use over many years of very satisfied customers(it's truly a home handy man application and looks and feels great , very professional modern appearance:

KiwiGrip | Non-Skid Coating

https://www.jamestowndistributors.co...t.do?pid=56089

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Thank you all! Looks like I'm taking another trip.....
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Best of luck - let us know how it goes!
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