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Old 01-07-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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Painting Starboard

I had to rebuild two small hatches under the foredeck of my trawler. I decided to make new ones from starboard. After installing them my wife did not like the fact that the color did not match the white color of the bulkhead. I told her you can't paint starboard. She reminded me that I had painted the non skid areas with H&C Concrete Stain. I had several scraps left over so I said I would test the paint for adherence. Surprise, the paint dried completely with 1 hour. Took 180 grit sandpaper and could remove paint, tried several chemicals, Acetone, Thinner and the finished remained in tack.

I painted the new hatches to match the non skid areas. H&C comes in two forms, water based or Xylene based, I always use the Xylene product and it comes in 8 basic colors. I used Bombay (Beige / Tan) but Lowe's can "tint" to match almost any requirement.

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:47 AM   #2
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The aft cabin doors on our trawler were replaced with starboard. We' ve been touching up other spots on the boat with Brightside paint. Wonder if it would stick to starboard?

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:13 AM   #3
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This is the first time i have ever heard of any paint or stain sticking to starboard, including any of the popular topside paints.
To the OP: Are you sure this is king starboard or is it a similar material? How long has it been on there now and exposed to the elements?

Anyway,thanks for being the guinea pig, because if this works out for you, I have three vertical hatches up on my flying bridge that I converted, quite happily to king starboard but they are a "good", but not a perfect match to their surroundings. Maybe I'll experiment by staining the inside of one, though that won't tell me how it stands up to the elements.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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Nothing will stick for very long.

The stuff is perpetually oily.

Paint the boat to match the starboard.

If you can't repair it maybe it shouldn't be on the boat
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:44 AM   #5
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I asked Nigel, my painter/gel-coat guy. He said to sand the Starboard with 220 grit then use an epoxy primer such as Omni MP170. Then lightly wet sand the primer with 320 grit and paint. He cautioned about sanding through the primer.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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I just pained the hatches last weekend, they have not yet been installed. Yes the material is King Starboard. Over the years we have experimented with other types of polys, enamels, oil based and epoxy types. none worked or passed the drying, sanding tests. Not planning to install for at least another week, in the mean time I will set them on the dingy and let them "age".
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Nothing will stick to Starboard very well... or very long...
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:04 PM   #8
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I accidentally painted some King Starboard with "Signature Finish" topside paint.... and I have to tell you...its been almost a year and I can't scrape it off easily. I also painted some aluminum trim...without any special prepping....and again, its almost a year and no signs of degradation.....

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