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Bottom Paint/Wax -  what goes first?

Getting my sailboat ready for the season.  Do I Wash&Wax the topsides first and then bottom paint?  or  should I bottom paint first?        To Wash the hull,  I usually need to use an acid cleaner to get the waterline algae off.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Hull first as wax from the top will bugger up the paint adhesion.

  • 2 months ago

    Prep and paint first, then wax. Paint can't adhere as well to a waxed or smooth surface, or to surfaces contaminated with stuff that has less holding power than paint. Plus stuff that is painted over can make bumps & lumps that look crappy under a glossy finish.

    Addition: Do the topside after the bottom because of the wax issue noted elswhere + the cleaning & prepping will kick crap into the air that will settle onto your freshly cleaned deck & then you'll have to do it over. Same is true of the interior areas. Save that for last.

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