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#12346209 - 07/18/17 02:11 PM Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living?
Orphanedcowboy Offline
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Registered: 09/03/10
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Loc: Fort Worth, Tx
Does anyone in the DFW area paint aluminum boats for a living?

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#12353233 - 07/22/17 01:04 PM Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy]
Orphanedcowboy Offline
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Registered: 09/03/10
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Loc: Fort Worth, Tx
No one?

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#12353454 - 07/22/17 04:42 PM Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy]
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Registered: 08/10/11
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Loc: Austin, Tx
Any full service boat yard should be able to do it. Look for yards or shops that do bottom jobs on big boats.
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#12353692 - 07/22/17 08:01 PM Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy]
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Painting aluminum is more difficult than painting fiberglass, due to bonding issues. Anyone that paints airplanes can do it, but you probably wouldn't pay what they would want.

I painted my 1959 aluminum skiff, using spray zinc chromate primer from NAPA, paint paint from Tractor Supply. I "pickled" the bare aluminum with 50/50 vinegar & water twice. Dried it, sprayed the zinc chromate, roughed it with a Scotchbrite pad, sprayed my color coat, and used a clear coat over that. Looks great, and is holding up well. Pics in this section under "My Dad's 1959 Rowboat".

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#12353701 - 07/22/17 08:07 PM Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy]
ringer Online   content
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Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 3585
Loc: Arizona
You can do it with an air assisted airless spray gun. Use the aluminum etching primer and a good 2 part urethane auto paint. I did my 1990 Alumacraft and it turned out great and the finish lasted longer than the boat.

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#12357945 - 07/25/17 04:51 PM Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy]
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The biggest thing is making sure the bare aluminum is etched the proper way is to use muratic acid 3 parts water to one part acid. Then use a self etching aluminum primer. Finish should be done with either epoxypaint or my favorite Imron polyeurathane enamal. If I had a shop I would paint it for you just remember I only do quality work that will last for years that makes things a bit pricey. NO paint will stand up to rocks or steel scraping on it.
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