Wednesday, January 7, 2009

When it comes to painting, about 90 percent of a good paint job is in the preparation...

I hate that statement. Paint preparation sucks. You are jammed in a small space or working overhead covered in dust, working with chemicals that cause death, cancer, impotence and hair loss in California (fortunately not in Florida where the only risks are small arms fire, drivers and getting run over by a boater on Columbus Day), and you are going to cover over all your prep work. I hate paint prep at so many levels.

At the moment I am prepping the forward heads. I plan to use Interlux Brightside on the ceiling and Interlux Perfection on the deck. If anyone have a better recommendation please, please comment.

Almost ready for painting


Old paint removed.

4 comments:

rj said...

Do you mean you are using Interlux Perfection for the head interior? roll/tip or spray?

Good prep is especially important for LPUs. Don't hesitate to do an extra layer of primer if in doubt. The high gloss will show off every imperfection. For interiors it seems a bit overkill to me, but that will be one tough paint job when done!

The Incredible Hull said...

I am seriously open to suggestions. Would Interlux Brightside be adequate for the lower section and deck?

Thanks

Gerry

rj said...

Gerry,

We used Brightsides (enamel?) in the head and engine room of our 28 footer applied with a standard brush. That was covering previously unpainted plywood and fiberglass. It seemed to work pretty well. But still, as you said, it's all in the prep.

I dont know if you have painted LPUs before, but in our experience, it can be nerve racking for those who obsess about detail (like us lol). We rolled/tipped both Sterling and AwlGrip on our 28 footer and discovered both systems can be quite fussy (weather conditions, temp, humidity, etc). Then again, we were covering an entire hull. Also, consistent and even application of LPU is critical. With it being so thin, even a little too much paint will get small runs and curtains that will look BIG! For this reason a clean, sealed well primed surface is essential.

I understand the Interlux system is formulated to be easier to apply by roller/brush, but have never tried it. I would suggest try painting a test piece in the garage or something first.

apologies for the ramble ;-)

The Incredible Hull said...

OK, Interlux Perfection is off the list as it appears to have to many safety issues when used below decks.