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bottom paint finishing

Post by allanguhl » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:40 pm

I just started painting the bottom of my 1950 CC. Riv,I put a new 5200 bottom on it with new planks and 4 coats of interlux 2000e now I have 2 coats of Epifanes Yacht Enamel on it, my question is I'm going to put a third coat of Enamel on it but it looks like there's orange peel in the paint finish is there anyway to get this out ?

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Re: bottom paint finishing

Post by Captain Nemo » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:51 pm

I think you may be able to sand the orange peel out depending on how bad it is. You may end up back down to the 2000e and starting over if it's real bad.
In reality, I don't think the fish will complain about a little orange peel. :lol:
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Re: bottom paint finishing

Post by mbigpops » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:50 pm

Hopefully you have figured out why you got orange peel in first place otherwise you may just repeat it again.
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Re: bottom paint finishing

Post by Matt Smith » Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:14 pm

Its common on a mirror finish to sand between coats. One way to go to to sand like said in previous comments, and then roll and tip. Sand again with like 2000 grit. And then buff with finess by 3M. It will get the shine back after the sanding. Its simple if you think of it in grits. 220 is for set up, then 400 sand, 600 finer, and possibly wet sanding. Then on up to Ultra fine. Then buff is just a finer grit. Or, leave it alone and go boating.
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Re: bottom paint finishing

Post by joanroy » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:33 am

Orange peel is usually caused by applying the paint too thick. The only way to get rid of it is to sand it smooth and reapply thinner coats sanding fine between coats. Too much paint is sometimes worse than not enough. Happy Painting!

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