Before starting any painting project consider the 3 most critical questions:
Before commencing preparatory work, ensure the area you are working in is adequately ventilated. Ensure you are wearing the correct PPE; we recommend safety glasses, goggles or visors, nitrile rubber gloves, overalls (ensuring skin is not exposed) and a solvent mask.
Check for areas of damage, separation or peeling, or any other indications that the existing coating is not firmly adhered to the substrate.
Remove surface contamination by wiping down with Interlux® Special Thinner 216 or Fiberglass Surface Prep YMA601. Once the surface is clean abrade with 220-320-grit sandpaper. Remove the sanding residue and allow to dry.
If previous finish is cracking, peeling or showing signs of separation from the substrate all previous coatings should be removed and the substrate primed.
Before priming/undercoating, mask off the area to be painted.
To obtain the finest finish on fiberglass and wood and in the case of metal substrates the surface will need to be primed. Your choice of primer and undercoater will be dictated by substrate and choice of finish coat.
As gelcoat ages it becomes porous and brittle which may lead to cracking and blistering. To seal the gelcoat and get a finer finish apply InterProtect® 2000E or Epoxy Primekote.
Sand the undercoat smooth with 320-400 grit paper and remove dust with a wipe or tack rag.
Apply the finish, according to label recommendations.
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