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Are marine paints better?

Post by Jim G on June 22nd 2011, 7:25 pm

So I have been researching and reading up on this method of painting a car. From what I have found it seems that there are a number of different paints that can be used for this process. Rustoleum seems to be quite popular but some have said it does not last long because it has no UV protection in the paint. I have seen others using marine paint with good success but that it is a polyurethane and not as hard as enamel. As far as marine paint goes I have found that most use the Interlux brand. Has anyone ever tried any of the Pettitt products? I have read reviews of this paint and it seems that most who have used have very good things to say about it. One person even uses it on his airplane. I took this off the Pettit website:

Highest Gloss Topside Enamel
Tough, Weather Resistant Finish
Easy to Apply, Excellent Brushability

Easypoxy is a highly rated, one-part polyurethane topside paint improved by the addition of silicone for a brilliant shine and easy brushability. It also contains ultraviolet filters which enhance the already superior gloss retention and durability of polyurethane. This results in a topside finish that is exceptionally easy to apply and produces a lasting gelcoat-like brilliance, with a minimum of effort. Easypoxy is available in white and twenty-five popular topside colors.

Use 120 thinner


When I do my project I want to get it right the first time.
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Post by cac1967 on June 22nd 2011, 7:37 pm

The marine paint has uv inhibitors,rustoleum does not,the marine paints are made for harsh outdoor and marine environments,I've heard great things about interlux paints, and rusto topside also, have'nt heard much about the pettit paints, as far as outdoor durability the marine paint would be better in my opinion.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on June 22nd 2011, 10:31 pm

Is Rusto Topside still considered an enamel?
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Post by cac1967 on June 22nd 2011, 11:18 pm

Went to their website, dosen't tell,I was thinking it was polyurethane, but I don't really know.
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Post by 63Falconconvert on June 23rd 2011, 12:34 am

I was going to use Valspar Tractor paint but after reading a bunch of posts on different tractor forums the biggest slam is the lack of UV protection. Most guys wrote that 2 years is the most you will get out of paint job. Now most of these guys leave there tractor outside and the sun puts a beating on it. I drive the Falcon to work everyday so it sits in the sun & rain 9 hours a day. Maybe Topside will be a better choice.
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Post by Jim G on June 23rd 2011, 12:30 pm

I did not know that about the Valspar tractor paint. I read the writeup in the projects section from the guy who did his camaro with Valspar and he loves it. Says the car sits outside all the time and that the paint still looks great after several years. I was going to go this route but may not if this is the case. Like I said before, I want to make sure I get it right the first time.
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Post by rmdhokie on June 23rd 2011, 6:34 pm

63Falconconvert wrote:Is Rusto Topside still considered an enamel?

Yes, Rusto Topside is an alkyd enamel.

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