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The Verdict is In...

posted Apr 29, 2010, 7:04 PM by Christopher Hubbell   [ updated Apr 29, 2010, 7:20 PM ]
Well, isn't this just a monstrous hunk of blue paint?  This is a cropped image from the rub rail of my beloved yacht after the removal of a solvent-soaked test rag that had been taped in place for a 24 hour period.  The slurry of micro bubbles is indisputable evidence that my current paint it NOT compatible with Interlux Perfection 2-part polyurethane.  It's also highly unlikely to be compatible with any other 2-part paint.  

So, my options are to sand all of it off and use Perfection, or do some minor scuff sanding and use Brightside 1-part polyurethane.  Oh, and did I mention that Brightside is about half the cost?  Of course I recognize the value propositon of the more expensive Perfection, but we're talking Good Old Boat here.  This is a 1977 classic, not a 1990 high-end.  I'll take less time and less money and still end up with exponential improvement and a hull that will make me proud.

I'm not really hung up on the (potential) 10 year high gloss finish Perfection can provide.  I don't live aboard, I only sail on weekends (usually), and my boat is only in the water half the year.  The other half is spent under a tarp.  During that time it's not subject to UV, and not subject to abuse.

The other point I can't help but notice is that the finish on my boat is at least 10 years old, and in areas where it wasn't rubbed off, the color looks great!  It's not high gloss, but I wouldn't call it chalky either.  I can live with that kind of durability.

So there you have it.  Ravat will be painted with Interlux Brightside.  Now I need to do some research on the Interlux web site and nail down the recommended process and shopping list.  Oh yes, and I need to pick the color!