Originally Posted by BetsyBoler
I've loved reading about all of the painting advice. If I use Interlux Brightside, where do I get rock guard and how do I apply that over the paint?
Also, I have quite a few wee pits in Betsy's front from road rocks... what do you use to fill those before painting?
Interlux Brightside does not hold up well. I use Interlux Perfection which is a hard two part epoxy paint. If your egg was scratched up by a branch the Brightside would peel off and look terrible. A branch might leave a faint scratch on Perfection paint and the branch would look beat up. Hard paints are hard. They don't peel, chip or scratch easily.
Perfection application does require more study, requires more care, better rollers and brushes, and has safety concerns when applying. Chances are you would not need a rock guard with perfection,and instead could fill nicks and and repaint very easily.
For very small nicks you can use Interlux 2000E primer and apply a couple of coats on the areas chipped, and then sand flush and repaint.
For deeper gouges, use west Epoxy with 410 filler-- it is easy to sand, then prime and paint.
Still deeper gouges you would use something like West Systems 403 filler--this is harder to sand but better for bigger gouges.
More serious work requires glass fiver reinforcement.
For more information pick up a west systems book at West Marine or on-line.
System 3 is equally good prodict line,, I'm told.