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#3241489 - 05/07/13 04:43 PM Painting Aluminum Boat
monsterbuck07
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What's the easiest way to paint an aluminum boat? What steps should be taken?
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#3241492 - 05/07/13 04:46 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: monsterbuck07]
ghostfive
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I use rattle cans on mine and get great camo jobs. Clean the surface, remove any debris then simply spray. I have done several and they all looked good and held up.

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#3241495 - 05/07/13 04:52 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: ghostfive]
SilverFox
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http://www.tinboats.net has all the info you're looking for.
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#3241500 - 05/07/13 05:06 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: SilverFox]
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IMO if its bare clean aluminum, you need to put down some self etching primer first then what ever paint you choose. As far as the inside I just sprayed a friend of mines with monstaliner and it turned out really well. Same as above though had to be cleaned well, self etching primer layed and the the topcoat of liner.
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#3241503 - 05/07/13 05:09 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: SilverFox]
monsterbuck07
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Yea i use tinboats website a ton but some of the things they use are pricey. I want it to have a shine... will rattle cans work?
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#3241590 - 05/07/13 07:18 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: monsterbuck07]
DeerKiller2012
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Spray it with gloss afterwards
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#3241620 - 05/07/13 07:56 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: DeerKiller2012]
Pic IN the Casa
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Pressure wash it really good. Put the best primer coat on it you can and then paint it the color(s) you want.

There are some paints that are made for bonding to metals. Also, see if someone will rent you an electro-static painter. That's the best thing you can use.
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#3241705 - 05/07/13 09:25 PM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
catman529
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I used rustoleum self etching primer and camouflage (olive green) rattle cans. Been over a year and still looks good, of course the bottom is scratched a bit but the sides look good. Would like to clear coat it maybe, but doesn't seem too necessary.

Oh and the prep was the worst. Old paint and bed liner was a nightmare to remove. Sanded down, washed with vinegar water and dried completely before priming and then painting.


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#3241839 - 05/08/13 06:32 AM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: catman529]
monsterbuck07
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What's the best thing to use to sand down the outter sides of the boat? Any suggestions?
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#3242054 - 05/08/13 10:02 AM Re: Painting Aluminum Boat [Re: monsterbuck07]
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Don't know why I was looking at painting alum boats, but in the research, someone had mentioned painting while it was cool. Cuts down on the paint shrinkage/cracking.
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