Features August 2009 Issue

DIY Topside Paint Test: Two-part Linear Polyurethanes Face Off

Practical Sailor’s ‘amateur’ painters try their hand at painting a sailboat hull to see which paint is best suited for a DIY project

While our topside paint panel test (Practical Sailor August 2008) seeks out the most durable topside paint, this test was to determine which two-part LPU is the most user-friendly for the amateur painter and whether the project is manageable for the average do-it-yourselfer. We chose to use the roll-and-tip painting method, and selected two-part polyurethanes from manufacturers that historically have done well in Practical Sailor’s topside paint durability tests: Interlux and Epifanes. On the port side, we applied Epifanes Poly-urethane No. 800 white thinned with Epifanes’ poly-urethane thinner, and on its starboard side and transom, we painted Interlux’s Perfection Mediterranean White and used 2333N brushing reducer.

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