Painting fibreglass

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Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:16 pm

Does anyone have any experience in painting fibreglass?

I like to repaint my kayak as it is great and rare to find new in NZ. It looks perfect on the water and I have recieved so many compliments but the red colour looks a bit faded when off the water. I have done little reading and found interlux two part epoxy might be the right option.
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:47 pm

Got some red gloss in the garage you can have that for a chicken curry.
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:53 pm

Jeff666 wrote:Got some red gloss in the garage you can have that for a chicken curry.
1st need to find out what colour suits and lasts best, might even try to paint over the Gelcoat, exploring possibilities right now
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:58 pm

Dont you mix the colour in the gel coat and paint that on? Might even make it a bit stronger so you dont have to look for nice sandy beaches to land on all the time. Sounds like you need to send it to Winchs mancave for a weekend.
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:27 pm

Jeff666 wrote:Dont you mix the colour in the gel coat and paint that on? Might even make it a bit stronger so you dont have to look for nice sandy beaches to land on all the time. Sounds like you need to send it to Winchs mancave for a weekend.
Gel coat is not easy to apply, my Gel coat looks ok for its age
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:37 pm

Talk to Winch Ali. Im sure he can give lots of tips on painting glass

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Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:03 pm

yip ,
he did a fantastic repair for me on my glass yakl and also did some work on my trailer (glass ) :y:
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:16 pm

Sure will , he gave me lots of advise for my previous project too
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Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:29 pm

Just give it a cut and polish with a compound that you will get from your local fibreglass shop, It will come up like new :y: Dont paint it and never try and change the colour :y:

On your next kayak stay away from dark colours like black, dark blues and greens and all reds all are bad for uv damage, orange is good :y: keep it light and always get a white hull :y: use stickers for hi vis things

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:45 am

Winch wrote:Just give it a cut and polish with a compound that you will get from your local fibreglass shop, It will come up like new :y: Dont paint it and never try and change the colour :y:

On your next kayak stay away from dark colours like black, dark blues and greens and all reds all are bad for uv damage, orange is good :y: keep it light and always get a white hull :y: use stickers for hi vis things
Hmmm, ok I might do this before doing anything stupid
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:12 am

YakSolo_333 wrote:
Winch wrote:Just give it a cut and polish with a compound that you will get from your local fibreglass shop, It will come up like new :y: Dont paint it and never try and change the colour :y:

On your next kayak stay away from dark colours like black, dark blues and greens and all reds all are bad for uv damage, orange is good :y: keep it light and always get a white hull :y: use stickers for hi vis things
Hmmm, ok I might do this before doing anything stupid
Dont forget to film it and post- regardless of the result :lol:
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:52 am

YakSolo_333 wrote:I like to repaint my kayak as it is great and rare to find new in NZ. It looks perfect on the water and I have recieved so many compliments but the red colour looks a bit faded when off the water....
What about a vinyl wrap? Yes it would be temporary(ish) and not sure of the surface coefficient, but could be an easy way to try a new colour/pattern.

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Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:00 am

I use a cut and polish on my hull for minor scratches and scuffs - works very well.

There's also a UV protectant, Aerospace 303 which is supposed to be the dogs wotsits, makes the yak as slippery as snot to pick up though :lol:

And I have a black boat, with a black hull....Doomed.
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:27 am

Definitely Cut and Polish is the way to go. Any vintage car buff (No pun intended but what the hell :lol: ) will tell you it is the best way to restore the original colour. Most of the dullness will just be oxidation of the surface paint. Underneath will be nice shiny paint.
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:36 pm

This is a reply I received from the Mirage factory in Australia, makes me wonder :?:

Hi Ali,

Sorry for the delay getting back to you. No problem painting over the gelcoat. Obviously you will need to remove all the hardware.

I would recommend you use either two pack enamel ( auto paint) or a marine polyurethane, also a two part mix. Personally I would go with the two pack enamel.

You can spray straight over the gelcoat with no need for a primer. I would rub it back wet (take the shine off completely) with 800 wet & dry sandpaper. Dust will be you biggest enemy but you can rub it out of the finish coat with 1500 wet & dry, then buff a shine back onto it.

You should be able to source new deck rope & shock cord locally, if not, we could help from this end.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any issues.

Good luck with restoration.

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Pointloader wrote:If you decide to paint Ali, give me a call - 021925766
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Awesome bro, still deciding....
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:55 pm

I have re-painted a couple of boats and just about to do the caravan. The prep isn't hard but it's tedious and it takes time. The actual painting requires the right gear and skills to do a good job, but doesn't actually take that long.

I always do the prep myself but pay a professional to do the actual painting.
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Sun Apr 07, 2013 11:15 am

MikeAqua wrote:I have re-painted a couple of boats and just about to do the caravan. The prep isn't hard but it's tedious and it takes time. The actual painting requires the right gear and skills to do a good job, but doesn't actually take that long.

I always do the prep myself but pay a professional to do the actual painting.
Think that's what I am going to do too....
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Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:43 pm

I know a guy that will do it for a can of Red bull and a ciggy :y:
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