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Old 02-16-2010, 07:54 PM
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Hey I am getting a new, well new to me, flat bottom skiff. I do a lot of inshore fishing and was wondering if this would work. I am going to sand and re-paint the exterior of the boat a drab tan color for duck hunting. My question is do you think it woud be possible to have a spray on bed liner ie: Rhino Liner sprayed into the interior of the boat. Problems that I can see know would be heat, black surfaces tend to get very hot in the sun, and price. Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
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We spray boats all the time using Line-X Xtra. At our shop we like to fish and such also like spraying boats. Xtra is a composite coating application that features a Kevlar topcoat that when sprayed on hot Line -X cures with the liner. This provides a great non skid and two ways to control final texture.

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Twin Vee used to do it to their interior .It held up on some and failed on some. It was Rhyno liner.
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I have a twin vee with the sprayed in "rhino liner" brand. I like it a lot. It has held up very well and is non-skid enough, but not abrasive.
I have line-x in my truck and it is a "harder" material than rhino, slippery when wet.
If the coating yz250b puts on his line-x makes it less slippery, that would be a great way to go. That is some very durable material.
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What would be a basic price figure for a 20 boat that is 94 inches wide? Is it possible to do this myself or would if have to be done somewhere professionally? Thanks for all the replies
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You could always try a product such as Durabak. Search it. I used it on my deck and it has held up nicely. Like everything else paint realted, prep is the key. It can be powerwashed and is not overly aggressive.
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Bmumford, I'm glad you brought this up. I have a flat-bottom aluminum skiff I use a lot for duck hunting in the winter. I really want to apply some kind of non-skid surface to the decks, as in the winter they are very slick when wet, and in the summer get super hot. I am considering using HERCULINER for this application. It's designed as a Do-It-Yourself product that can be picked up at pepboys.

yz250b - Do you think HERCULINER will be a suitable product for applying to an aluminum boat? Pros/Cons would be appreciated!

Thanks and happy boating!
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My old bay boat with white spray in liner.

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how much does the liner weigh in a 20' ft boat? that has always been 1 of my main concerns when applying to smaller boats
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Not sure if you can use this stuff on gelcoat but we used Tuff-Coat on our aluminum pontoon floor. Did it over a year ago in a dark tan color and it is holding up well to big coolers and big dogs. Only one spot about the size of a dime has come up and that was completely my fault. The non-skid particles are rubber which makes it very nice on your feet.
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I used Durabak on my whaler- worked very well. It is an interesting material. While it has great traction, it also has a soft feel to it.
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I would also recommend Durabak. Did the floor of my Seacraft and has held up very well...easy to clean and easy for DIY.
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I bought a gallon of Durabak on Ebay for <$150 shipped, but haven't used it yet... I decided on it after reading lots of reviews & based on my reading & considering cost, weight, & durability it seems like the best all-around choice...
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How long does the color stay sharp loking? I have heard that the color pigmented spray on liner's begin to fade after a year or so..Not sure how much truth there is to it I have only seen black used..
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Line-X weighs around 9lbs per gallon and is 100% solids. On trucks we spray 125 mils of product. Boats to not need that thickness we spray the floors around 70-90 and the walls around 50 mils. Line-X dries in 3-6 seconds and gives us great control of both thickness and texture! We add around 60 pounds to a typical 17 foot boat. Also my whaler has been sprayed for three years and I have never washed it with a brush, just a hose! Our Kevlar does not fade or turn colors!





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yz250b, what's a job like that run price wise? just the floor of a 20' cc boat, not sure about any square ft #'s, but let's say ~twice the size of a truck bed with the walls for kicks
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I used durabak last summer on a rebuild. Would I use it again? Yes,as reported,it is very easy on the feet and knees(soft feel),but has a ruff texture. Color has held up good sofar. In applying,I sprayed mine in. The spray gun I used costed me under $25 local,but when buying durabak,they also send you rollers which I didn't use. I found that the produce was very easy to use. I never sprayed anything in the pass and I found that it is very forgiving when spraying. Tapeing out the decking with painters tape and plastic gave a very clean lay out. If you go to there web site,they will send you some samples. I did have a few questions before and they did take the time to answer thru emails.

Total cost for a 28' center console was around $300 and I had about a 1/2 gallon left over. No problems of it chipping off sliding 320 qt icechest full of ice sliding it across the deck.
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HAd spray in liner in my Twin vee and most of it peeled up. Seems there was dust under most of the spots that peeled up, the boat wasnt cleaned before spraying . When I was removing all of the spray in there were spots that were a quarter inch thick and others that were only a sixteenth. Roger at twin vee said that he would not warranty it , but he would repair it at cost. It took me a day to remove all the spray in and a few coats of Durabak later we are good to go.
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Line-X weighs around 9lbs per gallon and is 100% solids. On trucks we spray 125 mils of product. Boats to not need that thickness we spray the floors around 70-90 and the walls around 50 mils. Line-X dries in 3-6 seconds and gives us great control of both thickness and texture! We add around 60 pounds to a typical 17 foot boat. Also my whaler has been sprayed for three years and I have never washed it with a brush, just a hose! Our Kevlar does not fade or turn colors!
yz250b, I have Line-X in my 2003 truck and I'm pleased with it. There was a warranty but I never had to use it.

I assume an application in a boat would also have a warranty, correct?

That would be something to consider because a botched DIY job would be a real mess to correct.
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Have considered doing the same project. I researched a lot of the same materials, as I wanted something that had some resilience, yet wasn't too hard on bare feet. Some of the liners like Durabak were reported hard on bare feet. Others, like the spray- on truck liners were "tough" but "Slippery"--When they got wet, boat shoes would stick, but bare feet would slip. One other product, not mentioned, is called KIWIDEK, I believe. You can Google it. It is supposed to be easy to use, texture is controllable with some sort of roller, cleans up with water, and is given high praises by some off- shore sailing vessel crews. It also has a wide assortment of colors. Please report back on these various products, as I am right there needing to go, with spring and summer around the corner. Thanks, macc
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