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  1. #1
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    Help painting alum. boat

    I've got an older flatbottom boat that i;m wanting to spruce up before spring, question is how would a man go about painting it??? do they make such a thing as alum. paint that will last and how much prep ie, sanding, stripping, priming is required??

    Can one of you fine gentlefisherman point me in a direction?

    Thanks

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    Re: Help painting alum. boat

    Is it already painted?

    I had one that was already painted - went over it good with a wire cup brush to knock off any loose chips/flakes and to rough up the surface for a fresh coat of paint. Put on two coats and was good to go. Had it for a few years and the paint stayed on very well, even through some brutal duck hunting and ice.

    If it's not already painted, you may have to use some etching primer...which is kind of expensive.

    Here's a very good link to some info. that will help you:
    http://www.takeem.com/blinds/aluminum-paint.php

    Parker Paint is a good one to use (what I used):
    http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/produ...a-001b2166c2c0
    Check out the reviews on it too.

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    Re: Help painting alum. boat

    yeah art it's painted, not flaked off just old and dull, just looking to spruce/shine it up alittle.

    Thanks for the info art!!!!

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    Re: Help painting alum. boat

    I am not a professional painter by all means, but I would make sure I scuff up the old paint that is sticking to the boat with a sandpaper or scotchbrite pad. Clean the boat really well with a tack cloth to get the dust residue off, Then a good coat of ALUMINUM OXIDE PRIMER is a must. Then paint. I have a Wagner small electric power painter that makes painting a breeze. I painted 2 different 12 x 14 storage buildings last summer in no time at all. Very good coverage, very little runs, and very efficient. You can get them at Lowes.

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    Re: Help painting alum. boat

    I fished out of a 14/48 Jon for several years. Carpeted with pedestal seats it was a nice poor man's bass boat. Mine was an Alumnacraft. When I got ready to sell it, I bought spray paint to match the boat direct from Alumnacraft. It was a little higher, but seemed to go a long way and was thicker paint. The boat looked brand new when I finished and has held up very well. My friends grandson ended up buying the boat, so I still see it often. I had no paint flaking just a lot of scrathes and gouges. A second coat on the gouges filled right in. I was really amazed how the paint brought it back to life.

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