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Pro Tunnel Race Boat Plans
Page Thirteen
Finishing

The easiest solution is take your boat to a pro a get a really fabulous paint job. Short of that, you'll just have to do it yourself.

I prefer to finish the bottom with epoxy. It's a good, hard finish, and it can be sanded out glassy smooth. There are clearcoat epoxies made just for this sort of thing, but I just use regular resin. Regular epoxy resin is not resistant to UV light, but the bottom is safe from direct sunlight.

You can also paint the bottom or use varnish. You should know, however, that spar varnish is not intended to be constantly wet, and where your boat rests on carpeted trailer bunks (which will surely get wet when launching or retrieving your boat) the varnish will eventually deteriorate.

Apply paint or epoxy with a roller, then tip off gently with a brush. Work on a couple of square feet at a time. Inexpensive foam rollers and wide foam brushes work just fine.

Paint the deck with the same roll-and-tip method.

I've had good luck with Interlux Pre-Kote primer and Interlux Brightside polyurethane enamel -- each about $80 per gallon.

I've had equally good luck with latex primer and Ace Hardware brand polyurethane floor and deck paint -- about $20 to $25 per gallon.

Your hard work is rewarded!!

And we have a winner....

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