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Old 01-19-2014, 07:51 PM
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Default Bilge area paint

I'm in the current stages of a re-power over the winter, and need to freshen up the bilge area with a new coat of paint.

Obviously, since the powertrain is removed, all surface preparation options are up for consideration.

My questions are:

First what method of preparation has the best success?

Second, what is the best paint I can buy for the job.

Third, does anyone care to share any pictures of their painted bilge in a hue other than white?
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:08 AM
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Make sure you can paint over the existing coating. Some builders like Sea Ray use a gelcoat that contains a wax like substance that does not come off with cleaners and paint will not stick to it, or most adhesives for that matter.
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I'm in the current stages of a re-power over the winter, and need to freshen up the bilge area with a new coat of paint.

Obviously, since the powertrain is removed, all surface preparation options are up for consideration.

My questions are:

First what method of preparation has the best success?

Second, what is the best paint I can buy for the job.

Third, does anyone care to share any pictures of their painted bilge in a hue other than white?
1. Clean all dirt, grease and grime from all surfaces. This might take a long time. Some people use a steam cleaner. 2. Sand all surfaces, especially in the corners and where they glassed over fillets. 3. Put down a primer coat first. 4. Put down a finish coat or two. 5. Put down a clear coat last. The best paint to use is a 2 part paint that is designed for 100% water immersion. Bridge or flooring paint. Here in CA, I could not buy the good stuff. I could only buy water based no-voc paint but it still came out okay. I believe it was the Sierra brand. Be very careful of fumes if you decide to use hi-VOC paint. Engine rooms and bilges have poor to no ventilation. The fumes collect. You will need fans and the best filtration mask available.
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If it is already gelcoated or at least not painted,

Clean, sand, wipe with acetone and gelcoat. 1 or 2 coats unwaxed, 1 waxed. Done in a day.

But I hate paint, so.......
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I've had good luck with Interlux BilgeKote....

http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/diy/pr...bilgekote.aspx

FYI... this is not my video...

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Surwinn Williams Tile Clad HS. It is a True Epoxy paint. It is used to paint the inside of water towers. It is some of the best paint you can paint your garage floor with. It comes in colors.

We've used it in industrial auto shops. The only thing that will take it off is dropping a brake drum and chipping the concrete.

Now....It's smallest quantity is 1gal. a 1gal Kit is 2gal's. 1gal Part A & 1 gal Pt B.
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Give it two to three coats of Interprotect, then paint over it with a good two part epoxy. I hear good things about the Sherwin Williams epoxy.
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I used a Sherwin Williams below water Epoxy paint in my Bilge area.It can be tinted,but I went with it White.An boy does that stuff have a LOUD odor until it cures.Seems like my helper said he saw Elvis while he was painting in the hole...
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I used a Sherwin Williams below water Epoxy paint in my Bilge area.It can be tinted,but I went with it White.An boy does that stuff have a LOUD odor until it cures.Seems like my helper said he saw Elvis while he was painting in the hole...
Lol.

Thanks for the tips guys! Much appreciated!
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I've had good luck with Interlux BilgeKote....

http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/diy/pr...bilgekote.aspx

FYI... this is not my video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdkaOJ82BNA
Frisco has a TON of great videos out there and I am going with the BilgeKote as well but one note. When I ordered it I asked about prep. Since I replaced my engine mounts and did some glass work with an epoxy resin, I was told that you must use an epoxy primer first.

I don't know about a poly resin which is what he usually uses but just a note if you are watching that video but working with an epoxy resin like the West System.
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