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I would like to know the cheapest way to fix up my old canoe and what I would need to do it. I own a 15ft fiberglass canoe with gelcoat bottom. This is what I think may be the cheapest supplies but I have no clue about boat repair or refinishing I just want it to look slightly better then it is now but I don't have too much money and it is just a temporary beater boat so I don't want to put too much money in it either.
This is the list I have so far:
3M vinylester for filler
1 gallon Boat bottom paint/cheaper decent one(Not sure what kind/quantity I would need)
foam roller and brushes
not sure what else
Side note: I use this boat primarily inshore mesquito lagoon area, some lakes
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why bottom paint |
Posted by: krash on Dec-10-12 7:44 AM (EST)
Bottom paint is typically used for a boat to be left in the water for extended time to deter bottom growth on the hull.
Posted by: cestevespr on Dec-10-12 9:38 AM (EST)
How much of it would I need and how expensive? I figured the bottom paint was like 38.99 a gallon. I was even thinking epoxy floor paint if that isnt too much of a horrible idea, just something inexpensive i spent too much on fiberglass already :-)
Posted by: krash on Dec-12-12 8:54 AM (EST)
If its just a beater canoe you just want to spruce up, get a few cans of Krylon Fusion spray paint for plastics, avail. at Home-d. Clean it up with soap & water, rub down clean with acetone, and spray away.
the finish is in the prepwork ..........|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Dec-13-12 8:04 AM (EST)
Ablative Paint Warning|
Posted by: Ennoid on Dec-01-13 9:58 AM (EST)
I'm new here and mainly joined because I wanted to warn against the last person's suggestion to use ablative paints on a canoe. not a good idea at all. Ablative paints are designed for boats that sit in saltwater for extended periods of time. Handling a canoe that has ablative paint on the bottom would be a very messy experience every time as the ablative paint easily chalks off bad when dry and worse when wet.
Polyurethane works well|
Posted by: voyageur47 on Dec-04-13 9:07 AM (EST)
if it's a "beater" class, and it's reasonable. Just a light sanding/cleaning is required prep. DO NOT use bottom paint on a canoe, as it adds to the weight and is an unnecessary expense. Good luck, I'm doing the same to my 12' "multi-purpose" canoe this winter.
Posted by: ppine on Dec-10-13 12:20 PM (EST)
painting a canoe on the cheap|
Posted by: Mike on Aug-07-14 10:20 PM (EST)
I have restored several old fiberglass canoes to like-new condition. Here are some tips for doing a beautiful long lasting job affordably: