OK... I think I have asked before. I painted my boat once but the paint didn't hold. I have gone to FleetFarm, Sherwin Williams and several other places and haven't yet found the right product. I've been sold on a few different primers but none of them hold very well. I'm sanding and washing before applying so I don't think that is the problem.
What I need is a primer for an aluminum boat. I have read that I need a self etching aluminum oxide primer. I can't find it anywhere so far.
Has anyone painted an aluminum boat before? What did you use and how well did it hold up?
I painted our family's old row boat about 25 years ago, its not pretty just "marsh grass", sorry I can't remember any brand names as Dad brought it home and just told me to paint it if I wanted to use the boat. I did see some at Gander not long ago, if you don't mind OD green or marsh grass. But if you want something different in colors try calling a marine outfitter or auto body shop, I'm sure they could help you locate something. I've painted some old motorcycles (nothing fancy) and they held up all right, just remember to get all the soap residue off, wiping it down with white vinegar works, and use an oil based primer and paint. hope this helps a little.
thanks grum.. The last time I painted it I used the product from gander and it didn't hold. Chipped or scratched off really easy. I just picked up a self etching primer from a marine outlet store and I had the same results... I've wet sanded it and washed the surface to prepare but still nothing wants to hold...I'm going to try the vinegar today and see if that has anything to do with it but I'm skeptical. Vinegar is supposed to help etch the aluminum to so maybe it'll help more than I think.
Aluminum is one of the biggest pains to paint...you really have to pay attention to the details in preparing the surface. The necessary steps may seem like a lot of work but if you want the paint to last...
I recently did a full renovation on a 14' aluminum hull. I'm pretty rough of my rig and the paint inside and out are holding up just fine.
I'll send you a private message with a link to the site where I posted pix of my project.
Awesome.. That's very helpful.. Nice job on your boat by the way.. It looks great. Thanks for documenting the process..You should check out Tinboats.net some of the guys on there do cool duck boat mods.
Thanks for the help
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