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    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!

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    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. ]
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    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.
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    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

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