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 Posted 4/7/2014 2:29:30 PM
 

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Hello all.  Looking at refinishing an old 16ft Polarkraft aluminum jon boat for next year.  OD paint is coming off in places so I'm looking at refinishing the whole thing and putting a shadow grass type camo patten on it.  Are there any good painting tips anyone can share before I go too much further?

So far, I have vacuumed and powerwashed the entire thing.  Next, I am planning to wirebrush areas where the old paint is chipping.  Not sure what to do next since there seems to be alot of conflicting info whether to wirebrush, sand, use a paint thinner, or a combination of these over the entire surface (not just chipped areas) to 'prep it'.  What does everyone think?  After I have gotten past that point, does it make sense to use an aluminum self-etching spray primer prior to applying the base coat?

Also, willing to listen to any suggestions for a good, durable base paint (brand and color) to use on this thing.  I am thinking that I will try a Shadow Grass pattern since it is a pretty versatile pattern and will blend in good with the areas we tend to hunt.

Last but not least, the outboard board was previously spray painted over and I'd like to redo that as well because it looks terrible.  Anybody ever painted their outboard motors?

Thanks for the feedback!
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 Posted 4/11/2014 2:56:40 PM
 

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Bump.  Please help!
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 Posted 4/15/2014 11:09:00 AM
 

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I did two aluminum boats last year, mine and my sons and they came out great.  I began like you and after getting off any loose material I used a product called Trailer Brite and cleaned with that, I then used Krud Cutter for aluminum which etches the alum. Had to order it form Home Depot.  I used an etching primer from West Marine that I had to brush on because it was so thick. I then used Parker duck boat paint in green with a compressor and spray gun and then stencils and two shades of brown for the grass.  i

I'll look for some pics, it wasn't cheap but I wanted to do it once.  Held up really well paint got very hard when cured , a few spots that I touch up with Parker spray cans if need be.  Joe
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 Posted 4/16/2014 10:27:27 AM
 

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Thanks for your reply.  What type of camo pattern were you trying to mimic?  I'm trying to do a Mossy Oak Shadow Grass and will likely end up purchasing the stencil kit from Styx River.  Thinking of doing a Parker Duck Boat base coat.  What do you think of their paint?  I'm debating on using either the Hunter Green or Marsh Grass colors.  Which do you think is more suitable for the Shadow Grass effect?

Thanks in advance for any feedback.
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 Posted 4/16/2014 10:44:30 AM
 

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I used the green as a base coat with a tan and mud brown stencil pattern I think I did use Styx River.  Parker paints are super. Make sure u  with an etching primerfirst.  The Primer I used was awl grip from West Marine
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 Posted 4/16/2014 6:15:52 PM
 

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Thanks, you've been really helpful.  Just need to figure out how many gallons of Parkers to get for a 16 footer.  Should I have plenty with 1 or would 2 gallons be better?
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 Posted 4/16/2014 7:37:15 PM
 

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one should do inside and out on a 16 and you'll have some left over,  I used a pro spray gun from a body shop helped a lot you can probably get one at Northern that would work fine
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 Posted 4/17/2014 7:35:35 AM
 

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Thanks.  Definitely owe you one.
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 Posted 4/21/2014 10:29:59 AM
 

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Did you have to thin the Parker paint at all to put it through the spray gun?
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 Posted 4/21/2014 11:17:52 AM
 

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I did at first a little but it ran.  So I put it on straight and it worked great
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