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    Posted: 28 Feb 05 at 3:08pm

I'm in the process of refurbishing my foils and I've got to the tricky bit - painting them and getting a good finish.

I painted the undercoat on with a roller then a brush to get rid of the 'orange-peal' effect left by the roller. I've always painted foils by hanging them up by the pivot hole but they swing around and it's a complete pain. Before I get to the final undercoat and the topcoat I'd like to come up with a better method.

I guess I could paint one side at a time on a flat surface but it'll take twice as long and I'm always worried the paint shrinking might make the foils warp.

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use a spray based paint in thin layers, thats what i do hardly ever get a bad finish

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Phil eltringham Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 05 at 5:04pm
car primer spary paint from halfords is the best for foils, thin layers, build a few up, finish is reasonable, if you want it uber-smoothe then use turtlewax or similar afterwards, should look pretty slick after that. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Matt Jackson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Feb 05 at 5:11pm

What sort of paint?

I've already got some International Toplac and thinners - has anyone tried to get a professional auto sprayshop to paint with it?

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I've only ever used car primer on my foils

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2pac is the best but u need to add the stuff to make it flexable ask at a local car spray shop!!!
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terraslazer :  did u ever get round to getting a design on you daggerboard?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Buzz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Mar 05 at 3:22pm

Most boatyards spray yachts these days so it shouldn't be too difficult to find someone who will spray your foils for you.

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For a really good job on a foil you're going to be sanding all the top surface off to get down to a burnished finish anyway, so I would have thought that the roller and brush would be plenty good enough.

For support I suggest you screw a wooden block to the end of the foil and clamp that in a workmate or whatever, and finish the end and screw holes separately.

I've almost always used two pot poly, but I know pros who use neat epoxy with or without white pigment in it.

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Can 2 pot poly go on top of any old paint surface or will it make it "shrivel"?
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