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.
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.
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.
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.