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Im doing all of the work my self.
I am not going to have it sprayed.
Recommendations on painting to get the best wet look
Roll and tip??
Brush with fine badger hair?
Penetrol/adatives?
Any and all advise will be much appreciated.
 

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My plan was to primer, then 3-4 coats sanding lightly between coats. Wet sand at 2000, buff with 3m Finese it, and then buff with 3m perfect it.
Any thoughts?
Any products you like better than another
 

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Why? auto paint doesnt brush well, do you want a solid color? forget about metallics and honestly painting a boat with a brush is just silly. many people could help you spray it, you could do a lot of the prep work and spray a boat with out huge expense. the people on this forum could help you get a much better job.
using a roller and wetsanding wont get you there, sorry..
if you used a roller you waould have to wetsand with several grits and what are you going to polish? are you going to try to use a clear with a roller? or single stage? housepaint? no paint could be applied that you could finish with wetsanding and polish to achieve a decent job on a boat..im sorry to be negative it just wont work..maybe gel coat but thats a different animal..
You have sort of the idea, what kind of paint are you hoping to use, whats your goal? im all for doing it yourself i think you just need a bit more advice and you can do it..albeit with a slightly different approach.. do you have any friends with a air compressor?
 

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Thanks.
Thats why I asked. I am new to fiberglass painting. My line of work is in wood and varnish.
I can do all the prep etc... but after that, its all a mystery
 

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Belmont Sanded.jpg

This is what I'll be painting

I got some good advise from "78 charger"

Definately interested in hearing more.
Thanks all for chiming in
 

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Given the project that you are working on, I would say the roller and sand method would work. It would be a lot of work, but you can get satisfactory results doing so. Since boat shows don't grade the boat for authenticity, spray does leave a nice flat finish and gives more options for painting effects. More than likely when new that boat had a brushed on paint job. But someone will chime in and tell you how it was back in the day.
 

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i been reading this whole thread. I painted cars for years. with paint technology changing all the time and getting thinner to reduce VOC . there is no way your going to sell me a car painted with a roller and looks like that. in the event it was done with a roller you would have 1000 hours in sanding the runs and highs and lows out.
 

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i been reading this whole thread. I painted cars for years. with paint technology changing all the time and getting thinner to reduce VOC . there is no way your going to sell me a car painted with a roller and looks like that. in the event it was done with a roller you would have 1000 hours in sanding the runs and highs and lows out.
Yea well instead of the solid base color being 10feet deep, it will be about a hair's depth.

Think about a good paint job...it is literally like a mirror when it is done correctly.
 

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Classic..:)sphss
Yeah...right????
I personally would never paint a car or boat with a roller....I know how to paint with a gun....:p
But as the Charger above shows....with enough "determinatiion"...it can be done. Just seems like ALOT more work than it really needs to be.
Here's another car painted with a roller....
My Cobra Mustang - Page 8 - WARCRC
 

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Yeah...right????
I personally would never paint a car or boat with a roller....I know how to paint with a gun....:p
But as the Charger above shows....with enough "determinatiion"...it can be done. Just seems like ALOT more work than it really needs to be.
Here's another car painted with a roller....
My Cobra Mustang - Page 8 - WARCRC
Yea well I could walk the 22 miles to work but I don't.
 

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My work is typically wood speedboats.(Chris Craft, Hackercraft, Garwood, etc...) Applying 15 coats of varnish with a lot of sanding. I use a fine 3" Badger hair brush for that.
Now this painting seems like another ball game.
Is it possible to paint the boat as I like it with an enamel or whatever best, and then take it in and have a clear coat shot on for that extra shiny wet look? What about brushing on a clear coat afterward?

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You mean brush on whatever then have it cleared??? There may be issues with the clear reacting with the undercoat if it's an oil based paint...or something without a hardener...
Really, the best option is to shoot a basecoat in desired color(s) and clear it.
Unless just want a single color...then an acrylic enamel with a hardener or a single stage urethane will work and still be buffed out, as long as it's not a pearl or metallic.
 

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Thanks.
Thats why I asked. I am new to fiberglass painting. My line of work is in wood and varnish.
I can do all the prep etc... but after that, its all a mystery
Gerk,

FYI, I have sprayed kitchen cabinets and other wood projects with the exact same gun that I have sprayed autos with. For something that size I am sure you could get away with a small AC and a fairly inexpensive gun.
 
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