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Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? #12346209
07/18/17 07:11 PM
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Does anyone in the DFW area paint aluminum boats for a living?

Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy] #12353233
07/22/17 06:04 PM
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No one?

Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy] #12353454
07/22/17 09:42 PM
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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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Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy] #12353692
07/23/17 01:01 AM
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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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Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy] #12353701
07/23/17 01:07 AM
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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.

Re: Anyone in DFW paint aluminum boats for a living? [Re: Orphanedcowboy] #12357945
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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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