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Old 01-09-2020, 02:16 PM   #1
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Repainting an all wood El Toro

So I picked up a little 1960s El Toro. All wood, no fiberglass. The paint was a bit chipped and flaking. So Im going to paint it. Figured a light sand and a new coat of Interlux Brightside Polyurethane yellow. Well as I sand it flakes off... I dont need show boat smooth, but I would like to fill the deeper spots so its somewhat presentable. I plan on sanding all of the LS stuff off the bottom. The sides are not flaking anywhere but the seam. Should I be sealing the wood with something before paint? Any tips/tricks or recommendations?

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Old 01-09-2020, 03:16 PM   #2
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I suspect it spent too much time in the water for the paint that was on it.

I used interlux brightsides on my dinghy, but I only keep it in the water for a week at a time. I used their precoat primer and sanded and re-primed. The brightsides got quite hard after a few months.

I would spend some time on their website as I am unsure of which primer to recommend.
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Old 01-09-2020, 06:28 PM   #3
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Have you asked your question on the Wooden Boat Forum?

http://forum.woodenboat.com/

Looks like a fun project/boat.
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:05 PM   #4
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I think it needs one more color on it, around an edge or something. Maybe two. What a fun project.


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Oil based primer

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Smith's Penetrating Epoxy will seal and prime the plywood. It will take multiple coats.

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A layer of glass cloth in epoxy would give you abrasion resistance but a lot of work.
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Have you asked your question on the Wooden Boat Forum?

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Looks like a fun project/boat.
Thank you I will do that.
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Its got a little color. Was going to do yellow/blue again. Wife thinks it should be red/white/blue like our big boat.
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I’m not all that good at glass work, and am afraid I will make it ugly and heavy!
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I ended up going with the Interlux Pre-coat. I like the Interlux products so far, and as soon as it warms up a bit I will try it out.
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Ron you’ll like the Per-Cote.
It brushes beautifully .. so much so that you’ll look forward to using it.

I agree on the glass.
If you treat a boat w respect you’ll have no need for glass. I built a 28’ plywood boat and painted it with “Boat Kote” .... a vinyl coating from the 70’s. Don’t remember priming it at all. Used Resorcinol (sp?) glue and that worked very well.
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Ron youll like the Per-Cote.
It brushes beautifully .. so much so that youll look forward to using it.

I agree on the glass.
If you treat a boat w respect youll have no need for glass. I built a 28 plywood boat and painted it with Boat Kote .... a vinyl coating from the 70s. Dont remember priming it at all. Used Resorcinol (sp?) glue and that worked very well.
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We have a little snow here in Lake Stevens, prob about 3". I was expecting much more last night!

Now that hard part, picking colors for the El Toro. I don't mind the yellow, but may do a red/white/blue or just a white hull and a blue top, inside is varnished.
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I got the el toro sanded down to bare wood, removed all the old joint filler and got it 1/2 way smooth. I ended up going with the interlux epoxy primer. I have 3 coats down and its filling all the little cracks up nice. I am on the fence if I am going to lay down some filling primer or filler and get it glass smooth. Probably just call this good enough for now. I am painting the hull red, the top, dagger, rudder will be dark blue. The interior will stay varnished with only needing a touch up in a few places.
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