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Apr-09-2018 @ 6:43 PM                           Permalink
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Evening all, I’m new to the forum and to owning a boat. I have recently acquired a 16ft Mayland from another forum member. She is suffering with a pitted deck and at 43 years old looking a bit tired. My question is, how easy is it to repaint the deck???
The hull is in good condition and cleaned up lovely with a compound and wax but I would like to tidy up the deck, as I’m worried that water may sit in the holes and make its way through to the fibreglass mat. Thanks in advance
Aaron
Ps Graham if you are reading this don’t worry, I still love the boat.......and no you can’t have it back.

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Apr-09-2018 @ 9:36 PM                           Permalink
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I use International Deck Paint, and am reasonably happy with it.  That's a single-mix paint (i.e. it goes on straight from the tin), many people swear by a two-pack paint, which dries harder  -  obviously that's more expensive and takes more skill/effort/time to apply.  If done well, it does create a lovely finish.  For decks, I'd recommend a specific deck paint which has a material like a fine sand mixed in to it, so your deck isn't too slippery in the wet.

If your deck is pitted, I would want to fill some of those holes with resin (or similar) to avoid the pooling you mention.  As is always the case with any kind of painting, the quality and durability of the finish will depend heavily on the preparation (but it sounds as if you might know that already).


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Apr-09-2018 @ 11:35 PM                           Permalink
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I used this stuff on my Norman, gives a very hard wearing and anti-slip finish and also does cover some bumps and dents.

https://www.boatpaint.co.uk/acatalog/Protecta-Kote-Anti-slip.html


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Apr-10-2018 @ 7:33 AM                           Permalink
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"Hi"
As already said I would fill any holes with a resin filler which is easy to apply first then mask you the decking area so you get some nice straight lines and use any decking paint the you like but do not add too much of the very fine sand as you will find the it holds the dirt and you will be for ever scrubbing the decks.
Good Luck. Smile

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Apr-10-2018 @ 8:19 AM                           Permalink
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I think you will find the International Paint has anti slip already mixed in - be very careful adding anti slip to paint generally as it can make for an even appearance with more being applied in some places rather than another.

This can lead to an "uneven" appearance as mentioned.

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A very perceptive initial question if I may say so.  I suspect it rather depends on how deep these pits go.  If through the gel coat then there will already be moisture absorbed in the fibre.  Just painting over it will trap it in so any remedial treatment needs to be done after a period of dry weather otherwise you will make things worse.  You can try and draw moisture out with Ether or Acetone but really exposure to fresh air is best. Epoxy by itself is not enough you need to restore the level of gel coat.  If only small areas then a friendly Boatyard or automotive Garage which restores Classic GRP cars probably could sell a small quantity of the necessary, don’t worry about colour matching.  You don’t need a lot and those sorts of resin don’t keep well.

Unless a natural I suspect, especially if the deck has a textured finish, that you will not be able to match the original surface.  If However you overpaint liberally with deck paint containing grit things should be presentable.  If it’s really bad apply the paint with one of those rollers used for applying Artex and which give a textured finish.  Another old dodge is to add Budgie Sand, the kind with crushed shell in, it to the Paint so you get a more random finish.  If the deck has been painted in the past and you don’t know what kind of paint do not use Polyurethane products.

Hope that helps.
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Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Thanks for your replies everyone. So the deck is a lovely 1970’s yellow as are the bottoms of the pits. Am I right to assume that if the bottoms of the pits are yellow they are not deep enough to have done any damage as yet?
So if I were going to paint her, is it a case of sanding back enough to key the surface or do I need to go deeper? Any recommendations on filler?
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This one is brilliant I have used it myself it is easy to use with great results  
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Large-Gelcoat-Filler-White-200g-Tin-ideal-for-all-fibreglass-boat-caravan-repair/182592815077?hash=item2a83613fe5:g:xQwAAOSwHMJYIxJD

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