Features August 2008 Issue

Topside Paint Test Kicks Off with a Look at Application and Gloss, Tips and Techniques

Practical Sailor rates dozens of enamel, one-part urethane, and two-part urethane paints.

Practical Sailor applied 29 topside fiberglass paints from nine manufacturers to fiberglass panels and rated them on handling, coverage, and gloss. Paints will be evaluated for long-term durability and gloss retention over time. Seven of the paints are alkyd enamels; 12 are one-part urethanes; and eight are two-part linear polyurethanes. Two paints were classified as "other." Paints tested included alkyd enamels from Kirby, Sherwin-Williams, and Pettit Z-Spar; one-part urethanes from Epifanes, Insignia, Interlux, Pettit, and West Marine; and two-part polyurethanes from Epifanes, Awlgrip, Fabula, Insignia, Interlux, and Sherwin-Williams. Two Crab Coat paints from CrystaLac also were tested. Looking for tips on painting topsides yourself? PS also takes a look at the tips, tools, and techniques of do-it-yourself topside painting.

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