My Jimmy Skiff hull is getting to the point where there aren't any bits left to put in, all the voids in the fiberglass (don't tell anyone!) are filled, and I'm reasonably certain she'll float once I get her in the water. Time to paint!
Looking at the thing, I am under no delusions that the surface will be beautiful. Lines are fair in the plywood, but there are too many lumps in the epoxy, and I only have access to hand tools, so grinding out a sag, for instance, will not be easy. What do you experienced buiders suggest for a finish? I will have access to microballoons and Interlux Pre-Kote. Aside from the expense, I'm afraid that shiny marine paint will show all my many mistakes. Does some kind of exterior house paint make sense? Paint guy at Home Depot was not willing to commit to recommending something, but I suspect that since porches are generally located outside, and get stepped on occasionally, porch paint will probably be tough enough for the job. On the other hand, should I buy some 60-grit sandpaper and not give up on a shiny hull just yet?