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    Posted: 18 Feb 2015 at 9:52am
Good morning.   I restored a 1986 Whaler Super Sport and used Interlux single part Urethene in Hatt off white.  Unfortunately, I learned quickly that this paint is called "topside" paint for a reason.  It is too soft to use on a hull.  Even when towing the boat on trailer, the hold-down straps will rub the paint off.  I can assure you, the paint was applied exactly as prescribed to me by an Interlux tech.  I am not casting any stones toward Interlux.  I love their products. 

My question: can you recommend a product (any off-white will suffice at this point) which I can paint the hull with that is hard and will hold up to typical dinghy type use.  

I've spend quite a bit of money restoring this little bugger and I want to right!

Thank you.
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My first question would be, how long did you wait for the paint to cure before applying straps? In cool weather like this, 4-5 days for the paint to fully harden would not be unheard of. There are literally thousands of boats painted with Brightside, and this is something we don't hear often.
Second, did the straps rub the paint as a result of bouncing down the highway? If the straps don't have a layer of polarfleece or some kind of buffer between them and the boat, even a 2-pack paint will rub off.
If neither of those is in question, the Perfection paint is harder and more abrasion resistant than Brightside. However, to apply the Perfection (or any other 2-pack paint), the Brightside would have to be completely removed (sanded off) prior to application, as the 2-pack paints will wrinkle the Brightside, and probably cause an adhesion failure.
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