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see a paint shop or look in boat magazines.... do not think they advertise house paint there.....
or look a bit closer in this forum. you may find your answer.... for guys like you, i posted this discussion http://wharrambuilders.ning.com/group/do-we-ready-it-all
In the end, it is up to you what type of paint you decide to use. Here are some pros and cons of differing paints:
• Household Exterior Latex: Very inexpensive (<$50 gallon), hard, one-way breathable barrier (allows moisture out, but not in), durable when properly applied to a clean and sanded surface, and it is very easy to apply while generally being non-toxic. It is not "shiny," has a tendency to peel away in sheets if not applied properly, is not conducive to friction surface (it may wear away at/near the waterline), and will most likely need to be re-coated every five years or so.
• One Part Epoxy/Polyurethane paint: relatively inexpensive, hard, moderately durable, decent shine. This type of paint will lose its luster after a few years and become dull, chips away if not applied properly, will last for up to ten years before needed to be re-coated, considered toxic during application.
• Two part Polyurethane paint (includes yacht, automotive, and aviation paints): Very hard and durable paint that can last a lifetime, extremely glossy, can be easily buffed back to a high shine, difficult to chip or scratch. This paint is very expensive and is usually more than $500 per gallon for both parts (12 years ago I paid $900 for a gallon of Dupont's Imron in red for my Tiki 30), and it can be difficult to apply - even for professionals, is highly toxic during application, the surface must be prepared with great detail for proper adhesion, and a primer and/or sealer must be applied before application of the paint.
For what it is worth, member Chuck Valley found this more affordable two part polyurethane paint, which appears to be a good choice if you are willing to do the detailed surface preparation and prime/seal the surface before painting: http://www.topsecretcoatings.com/cstore/pc/viewcategoriesMarine.asp...
Well spotted Ian, that's really useful to know. That price is well under half the cost of the equivalent from International... Jotun are well established so I think I'll get my next paint from them!
Ian Bamsey said:
Thanks Ian! £80 for 5 litres looked incredibly cheap, but that one's got it for £65. Yacht chandlers charge £105 for half that quantity of the International equivalent... Wow..
Ian Bamsey said:
I found this interesting
I have not tried any of these, but interesting reading on the topic.
WARNING: Warning this article contains material that may be offensive if you think painting is more fun than boating
Thanks for the link Edward !