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Hull and Deck Paint: George Kirby Jr. Paint Company - Makers of marine paint for over 150 years.
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Kirby's Marine Paint Hull and Deck
On New and Old work alike, surface should be dry, clean, and free from loose scale. Also the weather should be dry to get maximum finish and gloss.
DO NOT THIN PAINT UNLESS NECESSARY, or for a first coat on new wood, stir well with a bringing-to-the-top motion or better still, all paints should be "boxed" into a larger container - i.e., (pouring back and forth). Use less than 1/2 pint paint thinner per gallon.
BRUSH OUT EACH COAT WELL giving final coat the maximum "flow" possible. Guard against "heavy" coats. Remove excessive coats of old paint at intervals for the good of your boat and your final paint job.
The number of coats each season depends on your own judgement.
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I have primed the canvas on my Old Town with a laquer primer. Will Kirbys marine enamel cover this or should the primer be removed?
I believe Kirby's marine enamel is OK on a lacquer primer, but I would ask Kirby: 508-997-9008
JD Tech Team
can this paint be used on wood?
Used this paint on fiberglass
The paint works well on wood, builds fast. The first coat on wood does need to be thinned to seal the wood properly.All the best.
Yes. Great paint. Use a good base primer first.
Absolutely; I think that's what it's designed for.
Absolutely... I've been using Kirby's for the last 25 years on wooden boats.
I used it on fiberglass and it went on great, flowed out beautifully. Use a good quality, clean brush- I would be comfortable painting properly primed wood w this paint. Good luck.
Very good on wood. We have also used it over modern plastic paints with great results. This stuff is a joy to apply and covers really well.
That's what it's best for. Beautiful colors, great finish, fair coverage.
Is this waterproof?
This is a traditional oil based paint that covers really well and is as waterproof like similar paints. If you have concerns about leaks into cracks and seems, those need to be caulked.
Yes. I have used this paint successfully on the topsides of the boats I build for five years. No problems yet.
No paint is waterproof.That being said two coats of this paint over several coats of barrier coat primer will give you excellent fresh water protection.
Yes. I used on the bottom of a sunfish - no issue
Can this be used on fiberglass boats?
I have used this paint for years on plywood coated with epoxy which seems to me pretty much like fiberglass. It works well. One caveat - it doesn't cover as well as some other paints. Make sure sure you have a flat color substrate of primer.
Absolutely ! on new fiberglass clean of the amine blush and lightly sand and old fiberglass sand well to have lots of surface area to bond to and a uniform surface.
Absolutely! Used on sunfish and it worked great. Quality of your outcome all about your commitment to prep. Recommend this product.
Yes used it on my Cape Dory. Worked great.
I am trying to get a relatively flat blue, ie no gloss. Anyone know if that is possible?
Kirby semi-gloss if fairly flat. Used white and a green on an old wood boat and it looks right. Call Kirby for advice - very nice family business. Interlux YMA715 is a flattening agent that I have used in really glossy Interlux top coats but it takes a lot of it to make a difference and it doesn't cover as well as the gloss.
I think that you would have to add a flattening agent, that will mix with oil base paint, to get it to flatten out. A good paint store should be able to sell you the agent. Or call Kirby directly.
I'd recommend just calling kirby paint to see what they offer. 508-997-9008
I use this product for a deck paint and the last thing I wanted was a glaring or slipper deck. I got a perfect result using white . darn tough too
I hear Kirby paints breathes while expoxy based paints dry hard keeping moisture under the paint causing rot. Is this true? So, I bought Kirbys from Jamestown..love the tradition for my 60 year old sailboat.
Hello, I don't know much about epoxy paints. If they are as impermeable as undiluted epoxy resin, then there might be a problem. In any case, I'd say that a traditional, oil based paint would be just the thing for a wood hulled sailboat...it suits the style of the equipage! Cheers,John
No paint will cause rot unless it's used improperly. Wood doesn't "breath." But it's moisture content changes constantly. A paint like Kirby's semi-gloss is porous and allows moisture to transit both in and out of the wood. This can prevent moisture build-up under the paint, which can lead to chipping and peeling. That's especially useful for topsides and other areas exposed to water. If you use a less porous coating, like epoxy or LPU, you have to make sure that the wood is either completely sealed, or that moisture has some other way to get out of the wood. For dry areas of the boat like interior furnishings, you shouldn't get rot no matter how you paint it.
Can this paint be used on the bottom and lower sides of my wooden boat?
Hello, Yes, I should think that it can be used on any portion of a wooden boat. It will not, of course, have any anti-fouling properties.Hope this helps.Cheers,John
Yes, definitely -- but I wouldn't do that for a salt-water boat where you need protection against critters.
Yes it can. Ive restored two Oldtowns,and used it on the entire hull. It works fine.
Can I use this on my aluminum 12' Jon Boat?
Hi Tony,I've used it on a wood boat. Great paint. For aluminum you have to remove the oxidation and then prime it with Aluminum primer. I'm pretty sure you can find more info on you tube & Google.
I'm very happy with using Kirby Topside Paints but my use is entirely on a wooden boat, not aluminum.
Can I use this on Fiberglass?
I've Kirby paints on strip boats that have been fiberglassed with cloth and epoxy and have had great results. I've never used it on polyester resin.
I don't see why not. Be sure to remove any anime-blush, then prime and paint.H
You absolutely can use on fiberglass. I reprainted a 50 year old glass Herreshoff with Kirby's using the roll and tip method. Looks great. Don't be afraid to thin the paint.
Yes as long as the surface is clean of any wax or other contaminants and then sanded with 180 - 220 grit sandpaper
Do you offer a low-gloss or flat paint for decks?
My Herreshoff 12 1/2 has Kirby Barker Buff on the decks and floorboards. Flat and durable.
I used Kirby paint on a 1922 Lyman skiff, and it is awesome paint, but I think the question should be directed to Kirby Paints directly
Cadi- I believe Kirby only comes in gloss. When I did my dory I did a top coat coat of flat varnish. It deadened the kirby yellow enough for me. mike
I've been using this paint on my 12 1/2 since I restored her in 2014. I use the semi-gloss white. I find that on occasion I can get away with seasonal touch ups instead of painting the entire hull, because with the semi-gloss the new paint blends in well with the old paint when you Scothbrite around the area. I'll probably keep using this until an adequate waterbased product comes out.
Met my expectations
Having never rolled and tipped marine paint I followed the directions and applied 2 coats to my 1994 Lund Alaskan. Beautiful color and applied easily. Called main number with an application question and a very nice gentleman answered all my questions and provided additional tips. Now that's service.
Be careful with this - very very dark brown...almost black
Need color swatches online for Kirby Paints.
Not durable enough
Before buying this stuff for my wooden-canoe projects, I've read so many good reviews here and on canoe forum, that purchased 1 color from Jamestown and 2 colors from Kirby directly. What I can say - it's not durable at all. I can leave a scratch even with my fingernail (!). I have experience with Brightside and it seems that Kirby is good only for museum projects due to their oldschool colors. I'm very dissapointed. Will never buy their stuff again.
my favorite topside paint for carvel planked boats
good flexibility, I use the semi-gloss white and it cleans very easily when scrubbed along the waterline. I don't have to worry about the scrubbing messing up the gloss. Dries in two days in northeast humidity.
Always the Best
This is a high quality paint that made the process easy for me - and with the imagined professional results.
Best paint I have used!
Used over canoe canvas filler. Dries well with very little odor-very user friendly. Great service from Jamestown Distributors with quick delivery.
Western New York
this is great paint..
This is great paint, I used in the preservation of a 1922 Lyman 13' Ideal row boat. #5 Grey in the bilge and semi-gloss white on the topsides, as per original color scheme.The authentic semi-gloss finish and even paint flow helped the boat win a first in class at Clayton 2009 Antique Boat Show. Judges were pleased that a paint was used that was available when the little Lyman was built. You can not go wrong with this product.
john allin sr.
north east ohio
Great Canoe Paint
I'm about to paint my seventh wood/canvas canoe using Kirby's paint. Have used other brands and find this is a superior marine enamal. Just mix a small amount of penetrol to smooth out the flow and it goes on with ease.I use a small (3") roller and apply about 2x3 feet square then smooth with good foam brushes. As in other top of the line marine paints this is not a cheap paint but well worth the expense. No priming necessary.