Many boaters wonder if creating fiberglass paint for their boat is possible. The answer is yes, it is possible, and it has several advantages as far as finances and long-term maintenance. For those who are ... read more not familiar with the concept of fiberglass, it is a strong, lightweight material made up of the fibers and remnants that are also in glass. These elements are extracted from glass and are then formed into a hard, plastic-like material. The process of painting fiberglass is straightforward and simple, and, when done correctly, your boat's exterior will have a shiny, glossy new look.
What You Will Need:
- Brush/Roller/Spray Gun
Your first order of business will be to apply your sandpaper to your fiberglass. Before you do that, you will want to clean the designated surface thoroughly. The more you sandpaper the fiberglass, the smoother it will be. Sand it down until you are completely satisfied with the results. Be sure to clean the fiberglass thoroughly with a subtle soapy application, and then rinse with clear, clean water.
After you sand down and clean the fiberglass, you will have to choose what kind/color top coat paint you will need, as well as a matching primer base. You will want to put the primer base on first. Apply one thin, even layer on, let it dry, and then apply a second layer. The strongest primer base material possible is acrylic, so try to get acrylic if it is available. Apply one or two (no more than two) layers of paint over the fiberglass. To get thin, even layers of paint on the fiberglass, you should use a paint roller or a spray gun.
The last step in this process finally introduces the gel coat/fiberglass. Combine the gel coat and fiberglass into one component. You will take this material and mix it with a hardener. Then, apply as evenly and level as possible. Do one layer first, let it set and dry, and then put on one more layer. Using a spray gun instead of a brush is preferable and highly recommended. Spray it from about a foot away to keep the gel coat from running. Let the gel coat set and harden.
Once the above process is done, you will have a newly refurbished fiberglass coating that will last you a good, long while. As long as you regularly maintain and clean your fiberglass, it can last even longer. Enjoy!