Boat Paint Question
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By Talkshitgetbit - 5/2/2012 11:38:03 PM
Hey Guys,
Let me start by apologizing if this question has been raised in previous threads.  I am relatively new to the website and looked, but did not see anything with my specific issue.  I have a 14 foot V-Hull boat that I am working on transitioning into a blind boat.  It is an aluminum boat and currently painted white.  I used a pressure washer on it, cleaning it thoroughly and removing any and all chipping paint with the pressure washer.  My question is this, What primer should I use on it before I paint it?  I made a trip to Menards, only to find out they do not sell boat bottom paint.  Any specific information on primer I need would be helpful including name, price, and where i can find it, if possible.  Thanks in advance for all your help.


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By Amish Amy - 5/8/2012 4:37:23 AM
I've heard from a body guy that you have to use something to etch the aluminum first before you paint it. for it to adhere properly   I'll try to find out I'mconsidering a similar project with mine for this year.  Joe

By Talkshitgetbit - 5/15/2012 10:56:55 AM
Thanks Joe for the response.  I ended up talking with a guy at the local marine dealer and he set me up with the copper bottom paint.  It is coming along nicely now. 
By whackem en stackem - 6/12/2012 12:12:36 AM
Im working on my own crestliner form the 50's right now should defintiely ruff up the boat with sand paper before youpaint it so the paint wont chip or peel as easily....let me know how it turns out...right now i have mine sanded down and ready to prime and paint
By FinnLandR - 8/5/2012 3:15:31 PM
I bought rattle cans of self-etching OD green primer for my 17 foot tracker flat bottom.  It went from shiny silver to flat OD green in about 5 cans or so.  I never bothered to use any other paint on it, and I just touch up areas where the cover rubs each fall.
By ItmMan - 10/21/2012 1:45:11 PM
Another "boat painting' question:

I have an 11' Zodiac inflatable...took it out yesterday in Washington State.  It's light gray now.  Would something like Krylon work/"stick" on it?  I used a "throwover" camo net...but kind of a pain.

Oh...and if you were in Washington, and saw some guy fighting to go upstream with his electric motor, on the Skagit...yeah...that was me!

Score (First day of hunting):
Me: 0
Ducks: 5

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