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Painting the underside of an Aeronaut Queen

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keith hetherington29/03/2020 12:06:53
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This is my first major boat build and some help is required. I am OK with the sanding and yacht varnishing the mahogany veneer parts, but the issue is with the underside of the hull, which is plywood, and needs to end up gloss white. So do I varnish (to seal) then sand then prime then gloss paint, or do I just go straight to priming and glossing?? And which gloss white is best for boats like this? I will seal the hull inside with thinned resin, but it is sealing the outside that cocerns me - I would be most grateful for you experience please? Regards, Keith

harry smith 129/03/2020 13:00:29
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Hi Keith

I generally use straight resin to seal the outside of the hull.

The Queen I traded had no spray rails or chine rails and is a very wet running boat.

It requires weight in the stern even with a 3S 5800mah Lipo in the stern.

It is going to get the rails and a repainted bottom after I finish the 3 projects I am working on.

With this isolation the workshop getting a good workout !!!

Keep safe

Harry Smith

Dave Milbourn29/03/2020 13:06:58
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This might shed some light on the subject for you Finishing wood hulls


Ray Wood 229/03/2020 15:41:43
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Hi Keith,

As you have varnished Mahogany topsides as a feature of the Queen design, I'd varnish them first to prevent them getting stained, then you could mask the topsides to protect them and paint the plywood bottom with primer rubbed down between coats and 2 coats of white enamel paint. Real plywood boats were only painted this way for years and they were left in the water for years.

Regards Ray

redpmg29/03/2020 17:24:53
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Seem to remember GG using smooth Hammerite white (contradiction there) on his Midwest Fantail Launch - purchased some but so far have not had anything to use it on - as I sold my kit & steam engine,

Should imagine its as hard and durable on wood as it is on metal .

Ray Wood 229/03/2020 17:36:11
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Hi Peter

Hope you keeping well , are you all locked down in S.A. ??

Regards Ray

redpmg29/03/2020 18:00:42
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Hi Ray -

All locked down from midnight 26th for 3 weeks - we are only allowed out for meds, food & essential services ! Trying to avoid going out for 14 days at least in any event - see how things go then,

Army & Police are patrolling and have roadblocks . Not sure it will only be for 3 weeks at this stage - so keeping out of mischief and getting around to outstanding bits & pieces. Boat building next.


steven smith 615/08/2020 14:54:50
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Hi. I need some ideas to paint a hull, it's been primed, and ready for paint. I've not painted one before

Now at 3 foot long and about 1ft depth, much paint to buy. 2..what type of paint, 3.. where to buy it.

regards Steve.

Paul T15/08/2020 15:09:55
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Hello Steve

What kind / make of primer have you used (cellulose, acrylic or oil based)


Ray Wood 215/08/2020 16:22:21
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Hi Steven,

I pretty much use Humbrol enamel paint for everything, brush applied 😀 the small tins to a long way.

Regards Ray

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