Painting the Decks — Or “How much Interlux Perfection does it really take to paint a 33′ boat?”

As previously alluded to… we’ve been repainting our decks 🙂 This boat had some seriously sad yellow decks going for her, and because we had planned to rebed all the leaky stuff on our boat anyways (stanchions, genoa track, portals, etc) we figured now was a good time to paint too.

In the interest of sharing information with anyone who may be interested, I’d like to pass on just a few of the things we’ve learned:

  • One half-gallon kit of Interlux Perfection is not enough to do 3 coats on the decks of a 33′ boat; in fact, it’s not even enough to do 2 full coats! Granted we’re in Mexico so I’ll give Interlux that, but we based our paint needs on their website and only bought/brought one half-gallon kit… so for now, we’ll live with what we’ve got. We’ve put an order in for another half-gallon kit, so some day, in some quiet remote anchorage when we have lots of time on our hands, we’ll do another coat or two and see if we can’t get closer to ‘perfection’ haha 🙂
  • Interdeck, on the other hand, might just be my favourite product ever. I was really worried about how dark the grey was going to turn out, so we mixed two quarts of grey with one quart of white, and in the end I love love loooove the colour. It’s super satisfying to have the sharp contrast between the non-skid and the rest of the decks, and while it gets warm in the direct sun, it’s not even close to getting hot.
  • Re-bedding things and re-attaching them is wayyyyy less fun than taking them apart 😉

I think that’s about it for now, so I’ll leave you with a little photo montage of the painting progress… primer, Interlux Perfection in “Snow White”, and Interlux Interdeck in “Grey”.

Interlux Sailboat Deck Painting - Interdeck in Grey and Perfection in Snow White Half-Gallon Kit



Painting the Decks — Or “How much Interlux Perfection does it really take to paint a 33′ boat?” — 1 Comment

  1. Great job on the decks! They look great. I discovered the problem with Puffin’s shaft log. A PO must have used a saw to remove an old cutlass bearing. The saw cut very small grooves through the shaft. When the stuffing gland hose was placed over the groves they must have sealed. However, once I moved the hose to free the stuffing gland nut the seal was broken and the leaking began. It’s been all sealed again and now there are no leaks! We had a great sail on New Year’s day around Alameda….we hit 8.7 knots with the ebb tide:)

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