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Painting a Rudder
The rudder on Swan really needs a paint. But I have no experience on paining this type of surface. Presumably I can give it a light sand with an orbital sander and wet and dry paper but is a primer necessary and what type restorative coating is appropriate. I would appreciate any ideas.
Russell Rogers 28-Oct-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Painting a Rudder
Hi Russell, I'm guessing it's a grp blade. If it's only cosmetic eg. scratches and chips you may be able to tidy it up with some gelcoat repair putty and a good rub down with some fine wet and dry followed by a cut and polish. Otherwise you could leave out the cut and polish step and use a 2 pack polyurathane paint.
Jason Hollister 28-Oct-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Painting a Rudder
There are a few options.
If leading or trailing edges are a bit bare, they can be painted with flowcoat (waxed gelcoat). This can be rolled on or brushed. The trick is to put it on a bit thick and rub it back with wet and dry. Good preparation is a big help.
Option 2 would be to take it to a professional fibreglasser and get it resprayed but that is almost against the code of ethics.
Option 3 is to prime with epoxy and top coat with polyurethane. International do some small packs in their "Nautical" range. Spraying is the best option.

Mike 30-Oct-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Painting a Rudder
Thanks for the feedback. It has 24 years of wear and tear I guess. Will need a fair bit of work. Picked up a free booklette from BCF re International paints today and it gives primers etc. It could go a two pack I think. I added a photo as it shows this wonderful SS Targa Pushpit with a really daggy rudder.
Russell Rogers 1-Nov-2008    Edit    Delete 

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