Painting a Scot

After many years away from sailing, I bought an old (#157) Scot that's sound but cosmetically challenged. I haven't painted a boat since 1968 when I refinished my wooden pre-war Lightening. I'd welcome any advice re material and technique.


I had a similar issue with #177 two yrs ago.

I had a similar issue with #177 two yrs ago. She looked sorry. Now, she looks good. I used Interlux products. After making some necessary structural repairs to the boat, I cleaned the surfaces with detergents, wiped down same surfaces with a marine wax remover, sanded surfaces with 220 grit, cleaned again (can't clean too much) and then primed with Interlux Pre-kote. This product not only builds and hides scratches, etc, but preps for the topcoat of Interlux Brightside polyurethane one part paint.I used two coats of Pre-kote, sanding lightly in between. I used two coats of topcoat( the old girl is baby blue with a matterhorn white topsides), again sanding with 300grit between coats. Yes, it took a while but she looks good and this product creates a tough, hard finish. There are others as good I'm sure. I read many articles about painting fiberglass boats ( see Sailnet Articles on the web for instance) and read all I could about the Interlux products before I started the cosmetic stuff. Because I trail the boat, I chose not to put bottom paint on her(it WAS a job removing the old bottom paint!) She still sails good and we like her. Hope this helps get you started.

Elisily, I agree with Bruce, and followed the same senario refit

Elisily, I agree with Bruce, and followed the same senario refitting 277 a couple of years ago. The Interlux Brightside is easy to apply, and holds up well. Their website has excellent DIY info, and the result (assuming directions and care are taken) is very satisfying. My boat spends a good deal of time moored in salt water, so I applied 4 coats of Micron black and "burnished" the finish with 400 wet-or-dry paper for a smooth bottom.