1947 6 metre Wood Sailboat

by Fred Schneider
(Shelby twp MI)

I am restoring a 6 meter wood sailboat and have removed the fiberglass skin.

I have sanded down to the mahogany wood.

After caulking I will be painting below the waterline and varnishing above.

There are so many different types of paint.

For the bottom do I start with a wood sealer then apply primer and then apply the antifouling bottom paint?

I assume I would be applying several coats of each and sanding in between.

I appreciate any suggestions.

Thank you.

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6 metre wood sailboat
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your feedback.

Underwater Sealing & Painting
by: Captain Hugo

Hi Fred,

An excellent system from Jotun (among others) is:

1. Cover with coal tar epoxy - black.

2. Cover with barrier coat called Viniguard - grey/silver.

3. Cover with anti-fouling - red.

We have done this on our 72 ft wooden boat and it is great.

Remember, if you use coal tar epoxy you MUST have a barrier coat otherwise the anti-fouling won't stick.

Hope this helps.



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