Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Interlux Perfection Paint Color - White

Hybrid View

Previous Post Previous Post   Next Post Next Post
  1. #1
    Principal Partner markvone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Bethesda, MD
    Posts
    640

    Interlux Perfection Paint Color - White

    I'm planning to paint my transom this spring with Interlux Perfection 2-part paint.

    Anybody have any experience (good or bad) with a close white color match for our aged white gelcoat? The available Interlux color cards vary a lot based on the computer screen and printer settings so it's hard to gauge what the slightly off white colors really look like.

    Thanks!

    Mark
    Mark & Ronnie Vinette
    E36RH #21 GLIDE
    Annapolis, MD

  2. #2
    Moderator Christian Williams's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    3,829
    Blog Entries
    77
    Yes. A color chart/brochure/card from Awlgrip (or somebody ) is much better. I mean, printed by them, not on a computer.

    When I had mine painted I taped the color chart to the transom for a couple of days--the difference in effect is quite different when cloudy/in morning/ at sunset. I worried the usual amount + .37 percent and then picked the best compromise.

    Turned out fine. Hardly mattered, in fact, since you can't see the hull and the transom at the same time anyhow.

    Or, more accurately, the light is never reflected the same from the different angles of the surfaces, so the character of "white" is always a little different. The human eye expects that, and accommodates it automatically. I think.

    We left the boarding ladder on and just taped it off.

    [added later: I hired a pro because I have never used Awlgrip. He prepped as I would have, painted at 4 p.m., and dew ruined the job. He started over in morning, sanding again, and got it right. I watched most of his work. He charged $300, which isn;t much. But--hey, I could've done it myself. Next time, I will. ]
    Last edited by Christian Williams; 02-09-2019 at 04:08 PM.
    Thelonious II, E381 hull 513 (1984) Universal 5432
    Table of Contents for Thelonious Blog here
    Videos: http://www.youtube.com/c/ChristianWilliamsYachting

  3. #3
    Innocent Bystander tenders's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Harlem Yacht Club, City Island, NY
    Posts
    1,088
    I painted my transom last year with stock Perfection White and it came out wonderfully. It is considerably brighter than the old gelcoat but as Christian says you never see any other part of the boat on the same plane as the transom, so I didn't particularly care how close the various whites were.

    A tip - my transom had a few chips and cracks around the edges, which I filled with two-part chip filler. This is epoxy that has been factory-tweaked to cure to about the same hardness as gelcoat, so you can sand it flush without worrying about oversanding the surrounding gelcoat.

    I wrapped a one-inch strip of Perfection around the edge of the transom too, a racing stripe of sorts, because I will at some point be painting the hull and the chipfilling process would have required some paint on the hull edge of the repair anyway.
    1969 Ericson 32 #112 Atomic Four
    City Island, NYC
    Muxie Duxer
    Hair by Mr. Gigi

  4. #4
    Principal Partner markvone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Bethesda, MD
    Posts
    640
    Thanks guys,

    I got the free Interlux Boat Paint Guide brochure and paint color card at the Edgewater (Annapolis) West Marine. The big local marine store Fawcetts also had it. It is also available from Jamestown Distributors for free if you order anything from them.

    The colors on the Interlux color card are very different from my home printed version(s). You must have the factory color card to make a color match.

    I've eliminated all but four of the whites just looking at the chips (too yellow and too brown). I also know from gelcoat matching filled holes that darker is less noticeable than too white so the whitest white (Snow White) is out. I'm left with the four greyish whites Mediterranean, Matterhorn, Artic and Off-white. I agree that actual color match on the transom is not necessary so any of these would work fine. I'll report back when I select a color after I compare these four colors to my gelcoat.

    I found reading about other painter's experience painting with Interlux Perfection on several online forums was very helpful. I also bought Russel Brown's ebook Rolling Perfection from Port Townsend Watercraft for $3.50:

    http://www.ptwatercraft.com/ptwaterc...ell_Brown.html

    Mark
    Mark & Ronnie Vinette
    E36RH #21 GLIDE
    Annapolis, MD

  5. #5
    Principal Partner markvone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Bethesda, MD
    Posts
    640

    Off White is the color for me

    I've selected Off White as the color for my Interlux Perfection paint of my transom. I'm currently prepping by removing unused hardware and filling the holes. I've also got remove the glue residue from the vinyl name graphic. After this is filling gelcoat chips and cracks, then fairing and then priming. The limiting factor so far has been the temperatures. The primer can be applied down to 50 degrees but most sources say not to apply the Perfection below 70 degrees with near 80 being perfect. March highs in Annapolis average 50 on Mar 1 rising to 60 on Mar 31. I'm going to prep in the next week and then hope for a few above average days in early April. I don't want to go past April and I'm blocking two other boats in. We all said we'd be ready to launch in early April but I haven't seen anyone working on the other boats yet. I'm ready except for painting the transom.

    It's hard to see the cracking old paint and/or gelcoat in the pictures. The name graphic hides a lot and distracts your eye from ugly the little details. Photo with ghost name in glue is current. Photo with no name is from 2011 when I bought the boat. More to follow.

    Mark
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_0054.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	91.5 KB 
ID:	26501   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_1761.jpg 
Views:	7 
Size:	46.1 KB 
ID:	26502  
    Mark & Ronnie Vinette
    E36RH #21 GLIDE
    Annapolis, MD

  6. #6
    Principal Partner markvone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Bethesda, MD
    Posts
    640

    Transom Primer

    I've filled all the chips on the transom with thickened epoxy. There were also a lot of chips and old repairs along the edges of the transom. My boat had a windvane in it's earlier life. The transom had been re-gelcoated in the past, probably after the windvane was removed. It now has a couple of areas where the new gelcoat was put on too thick and it is now shrunken and cracked. The upper port corner and the stbd edge have a brownish discoloring. My 7 year old 'GLIDE' vinyl graphic has seen better days.

    I've got one coat of Interlux Epoxy PrimeKote primer (which is white) on in the last picture. You need to thin this paint at least 25% for the first coat so it doesn't cover great but it did fill in most of the gelcoat cracks (which it is supposed to do). It barely covered the dark red epoxy repairs on the first coat. I'm practicing with the primer, thinning it heavily so it flows out smooth using just a foam roller. I needed to thin even more than I did. It was very low humidity and only about 50 degrees which is the minimum to apply the primer. The transom was 60 degrees and in the sun when I put up a tarp/sunshade to paint under. You need to sand between coats of the primer so mistakes can be smoothed out.

    The Interlux Perfection needs to be super thin to flow out to the intended high gloss. It's really only the final coat (of probably 3) that needs to be near perfect so I have a couple of coats to practice in the next few days.

    Mark
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_3958.jpg 
Views:	4 
Size:	81.6 KB 
ID:	26594   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_4283.jpg 
Views:	5 
Size:	83.7 KB 
ID:	26595   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_4284.jpg 
Views:	9 
Size:	79.9 KB 
ID:	26596  
    Mark & Ronnie Vinette
    E36RH #21 GLIDE
    Annapolis, MD

Similar Threads

  1. Ericson 35 mk3 1988 hull paint color
    By archangel in forum Maintenance & Mechanical
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-10-2018, 05:00 PM
  2. Non skid paint color?
    By kiwisailor in forum Maintenance & Mechanical
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-21-2018, 04:33 AM
  3. Awlgrip or Interlux perfection?
    By raslocum in forum Maintenance & Mechanical
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 03-22-2007, 06:24 PM
  4. Mast paint color (white) 1989 38-200
    By Tsicora in forum Maintenance & Mechanical
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 07-31-2005, 07:53 PM
  5. paint color
    By Mark F in forum Maintenance & Mechanical
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-12-2004, 12:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •