Features February 2011 Issue

Topside Paint Test Panels Get Checkup

After two years, LPUs shine as alkyd enamels and monourethanes hold their own.

Practical Sailor tested four types of topside paint with different characteristics: traditional alkyd enamels, single-part urethane modified enamels, two-part linear polyurethane coatings and water-cleanup VOC-free finishes. The panel test comprised dozens of paints from Awlgrip, Crabcoat, Epifanes, Signature Finishes, Insignia Specialty Coatings, Interlux, Kirby’s, Pettit, Sherwin-Williams, and West Marine. Choosing the right topside paint has as much to do with matching paint characteristics with the applicator's needs and skill level as it does with the paint itself. While this test focuses on topside paints that are well-suited for DIY application, many are often used in pro applications as well.

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