I recently acquired an old 15' runabout probably a 60's model that used to belong to my grandfather. It's nothing special but has some sentimental value so I am going to attempt to fix it up. It had been left uncovered for 2 years and was in pretty bad shape when I got it. A few days ago I completely gutted it, since everything was covered in mud and standing water. I actually had moss and some small oak trees growing in it.
So anyway I have it all cleaned up. I gutted it and pressure washed it inside and out. It desperately needs a paint job. But since I don't want to put $2,000 into a boat that I could buy for $500 with a decent paint job already, I am going to attempt to paint it my self. So no doubt I have some questions. If someone on this has time to help me out I would really appreciate it.
1. I plan on sanding it down with 120 to 220 grit paper. I have a palm random orbital sander and a palm circular sander. Which one would be best to use?
2. What is the best way to paint a boat? I have an air compressor with a cheap gun. I have no issues buying a good gun if the cheap one wont work. What type of primer can I use and does it have to be a special primer? Any suggestions on the paint. I want to do this the cheapest way possible and still have it look decent.
I need to buy seats and carpet too, is there a good place online to buy this stuff for cheap?