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Bottom Refinishing

The Captain

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Question: I want to repaint and do some minor repairs to the bottom of my ’63 Chris Craft ski boat. As I looked at the bottom it appears to have the bronze racing bottom paint and then it looks like below the inter coat of bottom paint is an Interlux 2000E finish. Can I remove just the bronze bottom paint and then recoat with additional 2000E in place or would you suggest that I use a paint stripper like the Interlux 299 to remove the paint and then lightly sand and refinish with 2000E before applying the new coat of bottom paint? I have a few small gaps between a couple of planks, would you recommend that I use BoatLife or some other product to fill the small gaps?

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Posted on February 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM
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The Captain

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Re: Bottom Refinishing

Answer: The Hard Racing Copper Bronze over the 2000E is a professional way to finish a wood bottom. The 2000E is a 2 part epoxy and cannot be put over a 1 part like Hard Racing Bronze. There is no need to remove the bronze completely, sand with 80/100 in an oscillating sander make minor repairs with epoxy or 257 filler, recoat with the Bronze. If you feel the 2000E is severely damaged then I would remove it and start over. Make sure you have the Hard Racing Bronze and not the anti-fouling bronze, only anti-fouling can recoat antifouling products. BoatLife works well as a seam filler, compresses and can squeeze out if the plank swell.

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 6:10 PM