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Old 02-05-2009, 07:14 AM
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Need a good flexible paint for fiberglass

Hello everybody,

I work at a golf course in the maintenance department and since I have been using the shop for some of my personal projects, my boss ask me what I could do as far as refurbishing/painting our flag sticks.

The flag sticks are striped in red and white and are made of fiberglass. Being near the ocean in the northeast, these things whip around in the wind and sometimes almost bend to the point of touching the green. I'm looking for a paint that can withstand these conditions and be fairly easy to apply, preferably a rattle can, but I do have the ability to use a spray gun.

This is not really a hotrodding question, but I figured that I would ask the experts for some ideas. I attached a picture of the flag.

Thank you in advance for any help.

John

BTW, this would definitely increase my ability to use the shop for more projects and maybe a spray booth! ...wishful thinking
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Valspar plastic paint, used some the other day and I was very impressed with how it sprayed and how durable it is. It would certainly be cheaper than any automotive or epoxy paint. I purchased it at the local Lowes.

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You have a few issues here, first issue is you want a spray can type paint so for flexibility go with an enamel and being that it is non activated you would have very good flexibility.
The bad news is the salt air and sun will kill it inside of a few months to a year.

A once and for all solution would be is a base coat and then a polyurethane clear but now you are talking a spray gun. This may get you 10-15 years if a good grade is used.

For 18 flags why not find a body shop that is not busy and be done with it.
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Vince and Barry,

Thank you for the tips. After reading your advise, I think I'm going the experiment with the rattle can route along with some clear coats at first and see how durable it is, then decide if we should use an automotive paint.

The boss said to price out each option to see the cost differences. I'm almost thinking automotive paint would end up being cheaper and definitely more durable.

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Vince and Barry,

The boss said to price out each option to see the cost differences. I'm almost thinking automotive paint would end up being cheaper and definitely more durable.

John
There is no doubt that automotive paint would be more durable, but if you have to buy everything to apply it yourself there is no way it's cheaper.

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