Had a distastrous repaint on the bootstripe which I believe was caused by a combintion of wrong paint and application by the contractor.  Now rehiring another to refinish, but was wondering of any recommendations for the best paint for this appication for high gloss and smooth application. Thank you.

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I had good luck with Interlux Brightsides Polyurethane.  It goes on very thin and then kind of self levels.  I did it myself and it passes the 5 ft rule.  From 5 feet away, it looks like it was done by a professional.

You can get it at Jamestown!6456&keyword=interlux_brightside_polyurethane_paint

or West Marine.


Same here, Interlux Brightside, the one part not the perfection which is a 2 part. Same basic results. I did prime first. If it is pealing or has checked, I would remove it all and prime/paint.

Hi and sorry to hear of the problem --- I just redid our boot-stripe and am happy with it .  I used  the Interlux Brightside too . 2 coats - Roll and tip application  - let cure for 2 weeks in heated storage -- wet sanded with 800 and then buffed to a great shine . Did the previous boat with Petit Easypoxy (also 1 part ) that way too , and it still looked great 6 years later when I sold her .  Good Luck   Tom Kossmann

The best looking boot stripes I have seen done by professionals are Alwgrip or Awlcraft, sprayed on I presume although many yards brush Alwgrip to professional results. These stripes look perfect, like gel coat. Dick Morland brushed Irmon on his 38, several thin coats. Then he coumpounded it every year with a buffer. Looked amazing even twenty five years later.

I used flag blue Brightsides on my 38 Commander in 2005 and it still looks great. I sanded all of the old boot stipe paint off/ smooth. Rolled and tipped, apply in two or three thin coats. I have buffed on it over the years when I have the energy or I will hand apply 3M Restore light and wipe it off with a clean rag. Looks like new.

The only boot stripe pait I would avoid is ironically called Petitt book stipe paint. Super easy to apply and looks great in the yard but does not stay that way very long.



Does anybody know the Awlgrip color equivalent (or close) to Interlux Flag Blue? Thank you,


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