Location: Eustis, FL Well, if you have a HVLP spray setup, then you should know the basics with paint, which is it's all about prep.
If your boat will be kept on a trailer, then you can use a single or two part paint under the LWL, knowing that it's not designed to remain immersed for very long.
Topside paint can run the gauntlet from $30 a gallon acrylic house paint, to $300 a gallon LPU's. My point being, a good quality paint will look great on a well prepared surface (only), if applied correctly. Location: IOWA thanks awesome, actually i have never used my HVLP gun, but i am talented and artistic so i assumed it would be no problem as long as i get the right paint for the job that will work in that gun. Location: Eustis, FL Do you have paint or gel coat on the bottom of your boat now? There is a huge difference between a good spray job and one produced by those hand shakers, sold by Wagner and others. Location: IOWA see the exterior walls where the striping is, is where I want to look really nice, the bottom and walkways I think I can use regular bottom paint???
Location: Eustis, FL You have a whole lot of fairing to do my friend, judging by those images. Location: spain You might consider using the new waterbased marine polyurethane paints by System Three. Lister Previous Member   I like the Aircraft Carrier type of fore deck.
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If the boat is moored or spends more then just a day or two at a time in the water, you need anti-fouling paint.
There's absolutely no sense in spraying a fine quality paint, over a surface that looks like it was faired by a punk rock band with a wire brush. On the other hand, if you want ugly, then apply a high end paint finish over a poorly prepared surface and you'll quickly wish suicide wasn't so hard to pull off. I am looking for a nice finish on the exterior walls, I guess just one that is sprayed because if you use a roller or brush you can always see streaks of some sort.
If it was me, I'd have a sign shop cut up some vinyl graphics and be done with it the easy way, rather then masking, taping and driving yourself nuts about things you don't yet understand.
Assuming your hull is 'glass and painted before, all you most likely need to do is scuff up the previous paint and apply more. If you want high gloss retention, high durability, hardness and scratch resistance, then the solvent based LPU's will fill the bill, though they can be difficult for the novice to paint and will be completely unforgiving if the surfaces aren't smooth, fair and the painting conditions reasonably controlled. These high quality spray jobs are best left to those that have the ability to truly smooth and fair a hull, plus apply the paint in such conditions that fish eyes, bugs and dust aren't more numerous then the metal flakes in the paint itself. By ugly I mean shinny and you wish you didn't have to look at it; like having your kind souled, slightly Alzheimer's laden, 89 year old, formerly well endowed, aunt Mable, accidentally dropping a boob on the diner table next to her Thanksgiving Day plate of turkey, kind of ugly .

Working with a spray setup is all about the mistakes you made in the past, which have taught you how to handle the future.
If not, then you need to scratch the hull pretty good with 120 grit, then prime, then paint with an anti-fouling paint. Without previous experience, I wouldn't put high end LPU's into your gun without a lot of expensive practice on something you don't mind screwing up.
Again if it was me, I'd focus on getting her solid and well equipped first, then toss some vinyl on her flanks for looks.
Im stilll about a month away from painting, just trying to get all my ducks in a row so Im ready. If you want a mirror paint job on the outside of the cabin, then you'll need $300 a gallon paint, but more importantly you'll need flawless surface prep, which for the novice is nearly imposable right out of the box. Making a 43 year old boat look new again is difficult, though making it look freshened up is fairly easy. Paint coverage is subject to the type paint and application style employed, so it can range considerably.

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