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Jan-31-2006 @ 12:46 PM                           Permalink
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Sorry all, this might seem obvious to you but we need to repaint our old Caribbean this summer and we need a decent and hopefully reasonably priced paint as she's so big and our budget isn't.
If it were a steelboat then we'd know what type of paint to get.
She's had a slapdash paintjob some years ago (including the hull) and the last owner took it upon himself to try to remove the anti-slip, so that's another thing we need to redo.
I'd appreciate any advice.

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I'd suggest international Toplac not the cheapest only white comes to 2.5 litre tins. It does however last well. As always it's prepation that counts. You can use Permglaze undercoat with this it tends to go that bit thicker which makes sanding down that bit easier not the recomended pre-kote but cheaper and made by the same group.

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Hi Kiki
I think the most expensive bit will be to have it lifted out and Steam cleaned,as Bill sais it must start properly prepared.
Steam cleaning is not cheap but at least you start off right.
Good luck.

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Sorry to jump in again but with an old GRP boat like yours I would not steam clean, Pressure wash yes but NO HOT water. If the bottom is as you described you will open up a lot of the bisters. Sorry to butt in Roy but what you can get away with on a well maintained Hardy might be fatal on an older somtime neglected boat.

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Point taken bill i bow to your superior Knowledge.
Josh loved it now has a shiny new look. Smile

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hi kiki,
just a thought ,but have you been to a boat jumble sale ? you can get some great deals on paint and most of them sell internatioal paint or blakes or other well known brands ! they sell these at really good prices and lot/lot cheaper than these boat chandlers ,
heres a link to boat jumble sale dates and to see if theres 1 near you
www.the-norfolk-broads.co.uk/viewmessages.cfm?forum=22&topic=3163

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I'm afraid I have to take issue with Steve's point about Boat Jumbles. If you want an odd tin of an obscure colour then yes, you may get it cheaper. Generally there seems to be a cartel on International paint especially. I've been to many Jumbles and the paint prices have been identical to chandlers. Its odd how the price never varies by a single penny at Chandlers, always the exact same price where ever I look.

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As I presume KIKI is on the fens their local prices may be different. I normally use Blakes broads antifoul by the way because to colours stay constistant although others use International Waterways and swear by it. If pennies count use Black tar varnish on the bottom. On the otherhand if the bottom is very bad VC tar antifouling does seal the surface much better but be sitting down when you work out the price.   Gasp

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Thanks for all your replies and advice, I did get her craned out and antifouled June last year so the bit that's in the water is done, it was the superstructure I was mostly needing to paint. At some point in it's life the boat has had the hull painted above the waterline (I dare say to cover a multitude of sins) but the patch on the starboard stern was left a lovely shade of red oxide-ish. What was used I can only guess at, probably being done in a panic/hurry when finally owned by Barnes Brinkcraft.
I did want to ask them about the boats' time there but I was afraid they might "escort me off their premises" for mentioning the G-word......
I had thought of going to the next boatjumble that's nearish (I went to one last year to get LOTS of fenders) but I might as well see what L.H Jones can get for us. Thanks to matey for supplying the link!

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According to folk I've talked to on the Fens, you can "negotiate" a bit of a deal with Mick Jones when spending a bit so that could well prove to be your best option.

Trevor

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