Re: graphite and paint

Posted by Robert N Pruden on Dec 15, 2005

There is no easy way that I can figure. I have painted my boats a few times and each time, I had to paint each layer/color separately including retaping except where painted layers did not touch each other.

Advice on using graphite: mix cabosil in with the graphite coating. The cabosil helps create a tougher finish that is more resistant to scrapes and gouges that graphite alone. Use enough cabosil so that the graphite mixture does not thicken. Translation: the graphite mixture should remain paintable. I have tested this mix on the VJ Guardian Spirit, my Waters Dancing Lightning 17, and found the mix to work considerably better. I deliberated rammed the VJ over some sharp edged shale while paddling on a mountain lake last summer - the damage was minimal without any penetration into the wood. The graphite/cabosil layer was only scraped.

Robert N Pruden

In Response to: graphite and paint by ben on Dec 13, 2005