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Putting a new coat of paint on my aluminum boat. I've got it primed with some "aluminum primer" and am wondering what paint to use. Do any of you have any recomendations of paint that will last on a boat? I'm looking to put a base color and then a camo pattern on top of that.

Let me know what you think. Thanks.
 

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Seems like with all the "salty" air we have around here, some sort of rust prevention would be a good paint to use... I think Cabela's and I'm sure some of the other stores sell camo paints that are probably pretty good "weather protectants". Throw on some pics when you're done... I'm sure it'll look cool!! 8)
 

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Riverrat77 said:
Seems like with all the "salty" air we have around here, some sort of rust prevention would be a good paint to use... I think Cabela's and I'm sure some of the other stores sell camo paints that are probably pretty good "weather protectants". Throw on some pics when you're done... I'm sure it'll look cool!! 8)
Aluminum dosen't rust so I don't know if that would make a difference.

The most imporatant part is the primer(metal etching) and the primer preperation.

I then used the paint from Cabelas for the top coat.

I painted my own boat and it was bare aluminum. high wear areas are coming off.

If I was doing it again I would call Gatortax in Louisiana and get some suggestions.

Maybe even order the primer they use.

Once again preparation is the most imporatant part.(Clean Surface, Sanded, wiped with alcohol)

Painting Aluminum is not an easy job.
 

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Thanks for the tips.

I washed it with soap, sanded it to rough the surface a little, wiped it down and then put primer that was for "galvanized metal and aluminum" on it.

I hope it works O.K. I just need to find some good paint.
 

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Thanks for the tips.

I washed it with soap, sanded it to rough the surface a little, wiped it down and then put primer that was for "galvanized metal and aluminum" on it.

I hope it works O.K. I just need to find some good paint.
I used to paint for a living, and it sounds like you preped it well. A paint job is only as good as the prep job. I used the duck boat paint they sell at the hunting stores and to apply the camo over it I use the Kylon ultra flat spray bombs you should find them at walmart. You can buy kits at the hunting stores too. MacksPW sells several kits with stencils in different patterns. As long as you use quality paint is should last a long time.
 

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NiceShot said:
I washed it with soap, sanded it to rough the surface a little, wiped it down and then put primer that was for "galvanized metal and aluminum" on it.

I hope it works O.K. I just need to find some good paint.
I hope it works out for you as well. When I did my Grumman Sport Canoe, I took it to B&R Auto and they did all the work. The very first step was to use an acid etching procedure that prepared the aluminum surface for the primer coat. I used B&R because of the acid involved. The paint they used was normal auto primer in flat black, brown, and green. It has worn off in places on the inside floor area, but is holding up elsewhere after 7 or 8 years of use.

If you did not acid etch the surface, it may not hold the paint well. Good luck with your project.
 
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