Originally Posted by Brent Swain
My white KISS blades were eaten by UV.
So I painted them black, which should keep all UV out of them.
Hi Brent, good to see you here. If the stars align correctly this week I'll have time to service my wind gen, which I am not looking forward to since the fiberglass blades have deteriorated badly in the tropical sun and I know my hands and arms will get full of fiberglass splinters (again
) when I remove the blades.
That is a great idea to paint them black! About six years ago I closed two thruhull holes at the waterline, after beveling the repair went well into the white topside paint. Small quantites of two-part paint were not available, so I used one-part until I could get a Round Tuit and finish it properly. Even though it is wet a lot, the black waterline stripe looks excellent! And the white topside paint is crazed and starting to peel.
Over the years I've considered coating the blades with SOMETHING, but potential problems I imagine are the increase in the blade weight and not getting the coating perfectly uniform on every blade and the effects that would have on the bearings. How did you prep the surface? How many coats of paint did you use? Did you use a base coat? How did you apply the paint? What kind of paint? One part? Two part?