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Old 06-10-2019, 12:52 PM
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Default In place of powder coated T-tops and leaning post frames...

what would you get? I'm specifically NOT looking for truck bed liner or leaving it anodized.

What I have now is powder coated white, and it's doing what powder coating does after a few years. It will have to be sandblasted at some point and then re-coated (and that's why I can't re-anodize it.)

What other coatings are available? What type/brand paint is the best?
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what would you get? I'm specifically NOT looking for truck bed liner or leaving it anodized.

What I have now is powder coated white, and it's doing what powder coating does after a few years. It will have to be sandblasted at some point and then re-coated (and that's why I can't re-anodize it.)

What other coatings are available? What type/brand paint is the best?
I've had good luck with Show Boat Custom Coatings. Cleaned my frame up with sandpaper and Scotch-Brite and coated.
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what would you get? I'm specifically NOT looking for truck bed liner or leaving it anodized.

What I have now is powder coated white, and it's doing what powder coating does after a few years. It will have to be sandblasted at some point and then re-coated (and that's why I can't re-anodize it.)

What other coatings are available? What type/brand paint is the best?
It probably has never been anodized. Powder coat doesn't stick to anodized aluminum very well.
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Anodizing is the superior finish. Coating with a good quality marine paint will work for a while and can be redone easier than powder coat. Most powder coat will be bubbling in a short time.

Try the marine paint touch up and know it's never going to look new.
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What type / brand paint if I wanted to have them sandblasted and painted? Urethane? Epoxy?
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I believe Pacific / Black Lab boats uses Nyalic on their aluminum. Strong clear finish, holds up in the sun, can be repaired. Google it.
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Fiberglass instead of aluminum
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the correct way would be to sandblast and re-powder coat, a less expensive way would be to scuff coat and then do imrom or some other two component polyurethane. not epoxy as it has poor UV protection. With powder it always gets down to the metal preparation, I/E Chrome phosphate and proper cure for the specified metal temperature. Too many elcheapo shops don't do it correctly and that's when you get the bubbling and poor corrosion resistance
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Here what I did and it worked great. Once stripped coat with DTM zinc phosphate wash primer, epoxy prime, polyurethane top coat then a clear. Lot of work but it looks awesome and I expect it to be very durable.
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PPG paint makes great steel primer and two part epoxy that bonds to just about any metal and holds up well in the elements. However, these paints can get expensive.
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Just thinking could you use epoxy then top coat with something else to make it uv resistant or would the epoxy be too hard of a finish for anything else to stick to it?
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Clean it
rust oleum aluminum primer
quantum 2k two part marine paint
puuuuurfect
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Originally Posted by sugarloaf View Post
the correct way would be to sandblast and re-powder coat
This is what I did. Amazing how great it looks.
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Same paint you use on the hull. Awl- something. Roll and tip. Chris tells me it's harder than gelcoat. Bluffs, polishes, can be touched up or resprayed should you damage it.
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With proper prep, awl grip is great for this application.
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So you are saying I should replace my existing aluminum t-top with a custom made fiberglass top for my Sea Hunt bay boat?

I'd guess by the time I am done i would have more money in TTop than I do the boat.

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Fiberglass instead of aluminum
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I have thought about just sandblast/re-coat, but then I'm back in the same place I am in now in a few more years.

Agreed on the Epoxy, but as also stated above by someone, I didn't know if there is an available UV stabilizer for epoxy now? I'm thinking the urethane based paint maybe the way to go after sand blasting.

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the correct way would be to sandblast and re-powder coat, a less expensive way would be to scuff coat and then do imrom or some other two component polyurethane. not epoxy as it has poor UV protection. With powder it always gets down to the metal preparation, I/E Chrome phosphate and proper cure for the specified metal temperature. Too many elcheapo shops don't do it correctly and that's when you get the bubbling and poor corrosion resistance
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That's a couple suggestions for Awl Grip so I'll look more into that. I won't be painting it however; I'll have someone spray it. I simply don't have the facilities for any project like that.

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Same paint you use on the hull. Awl- something. Roll and tip. Chris tells me it's harder than gelcoat. Bluffs, polishes, can be touched up or resprayed should you damage it.
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strip it, prep it and spray with Imron. Imron, although expensive, is rugged paint.
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Keeping hard objects away from the finish will buy you a lot more life. Gaffs, metal butts, jigs metal mop handles and the like are the enemy of those pipes. Ding damage will lift even the best applied coating.

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