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Old 05-10-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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Painting a Boler.

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I jsut recently bought a 75 boler. i would like to paint it. what are some marine type paints people out there are using.






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Old 05-11-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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Hi Jason, welcome to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here.

I'll leave the paint questions to the experts. Do you have any pictures you can share?
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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I'm in the process of putting on Interlux Pre-Kote and Interlux Brightside. Waiting for a nice day! I've used marine paint before this. It can be finicky (depending on prep and weather mostly)! BUT if prepped according to instructions and applied according to instructions, you'll have a tough and shiny DIY paintjob with minimal tool-purchasing/experience.

All marine paints I've used can all be "rolled and tipped" or sprayed. I'm spraying primer (so theoretically I don't have as many ridges = less sanding) and "rolling and tipping" Brightside (because I don't trust myself spraying topcoat, and I've had exceptional results rolling and tipping). I can't really speak from experience for spraying marine paint because I have not done it (yet), but I know people who have with success. Most boatyards don't let people spray, so most marine paint is rolled/tipped and designed to be easily rolled/tipped without looking too ridgy.

For the record (I will share this because I had some difficulty finding out exactly what people did...), I am planning on spraying 2-3 coats of Interlux Pre-Kote, roll and tipping 2-3 coats of Brightside, and sanding in between all coats. I bought 1 gallon of Prekote, 4 qts of Brightside, some random Interlux thinners/gelcoat cleaner, 4" foam rollers, 3" foam brushes and my bill is around $260. Throw in sandpaper, rags, tack cloth and someother stuff and that's maybe another 20-30 bucks.

As far as other options...I've used the following on sailboats before with great gloss and adhesion.

Brightside is a one-part polyurethane - you only have to mix in thinner. Easiest to apply of probably all marine paints. Limited color choices. I've read you can mix different colors of Brightside, but I'm not daring enough! Less toxic than many marine paints - but still wear a respirator!

Interlux Perfection, which is a two-part polyurethane - more durable than Brightside and more color choices. Requires basic chemistry or bar tending skills.

AwlBright - Used by professionals in marine and aviation. This stuff is like liquid steel and looks beautiful. BUT it costs many pretty-pennies and is pretty toxic.

My guess, based on forum searching I did (I recommend you search the forum's too! Lots of good resources on people who have dared to go before us.) would be that the majority of people who used marine paint, used Interlux Brightside. I could be wrong. Brightside is $$ cheap-ish, good quality and pretty easy to DIY.

I will also throw out another option that I avoided - Rustoleum (Tremclad in Canada). It's probably cheaper than marine paint, and more readily available for those in landlocked states/provinces. I know people have used it on our trailers with success, but I opted for marine paint because I reasoned it gave me a slightly better chance of not having to re-do all the sanding and repainting in x-number of years. All the scraping of old paint and sanding is still TOO REAL!!!!

Do some research. Determine what your budget is. Compare. Agonize. Prep. Prep. Lay down the money. Paint and go camping! It'll turn out great! Best of luck.
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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Oh...also. If you don't HAVE to paint, don't. Save yourself! You can always try to brighten the gel coat with Poliglow or Red Max Pro or some other sort of shiney stuff! I would have chosen this direction if the PO's of my trailer had not chosen to apply layer upon layer of bad paint and had to do some body work. I'm guessing though, that since you have the same year Boler as I that the gelcoat is pretty crazed and seen better days, so this is probably useless info.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:02 PM   #5
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I painted my 73 Boler because of body damage etc... I also used Interlux Brightside marine paint. I painted it at a friends and we ended up spraying it because of the finish rolling it. It just looked better after spraying. It took 2 1/2 quarts to paint. (2 coats 1 1/4 quarts per coat) The limitations are the range of colours. Mostly blues and whites. One year after painting I am still happy with the result. The looks and smiles of people as they pass on the highway are great. Always gets lots of looks. Please don't paint it medium blue, that is my colour.

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Old 05-11-2012, 10:10 PM   #6
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I'm going with the Rust-oleum topside marine paint.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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Thanks guys for the info. Evan, I enjoyed your input. I was looking into Brightside paint as well. We are in central Canada, any idea who may sell this kind of paint around here? Boating is pretty popular on our lakes, I may try a marine store. Any other ideas?
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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I will post some photos in the next few days of how the Boler currently looks. Plan on painting it soon.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:53 PM   #9
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Jason,
I used brightside marine paint on a Compact Jr., last year. Applied it with a roller and used a tipping brush to remove the roller marks.
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Old 05-11-2012, 11:56 PM   #10
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remember that Corvettes are Fiberglass, too! They are painted with automotive paints! (available everywhere!)
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Old 05-12-2012, 02:39 PM   #11
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remember that Corvettes are Fiberglass, too! They are painted with automotive paints! (available everywhere!)
And they are painted in Kentucky by Kentuckians.
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:17 PM   #12
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Automotive paint is probably just fine. Personally i just want to use Brightside thats all. I was wondering were i can get the stuff though or were i can try to find it.
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I got my paint and supplies from West Marine online. There is also Jamestown Distributors online which sells it cheaper if I remember correctly. My father-in-law had a discount through West Marine that made it cheaper for me to go through them. I don't know if there are pros/cons between going with West Marine or Jamestown Distributors.
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:29 PM   #14
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I'll check out West marine. thanks again Evan.
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