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Old 08-01-2003, 01:03 AM
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I have my inboard engine out and getting ready to repower. But before I put everything back together, I want to paint the bilge so it looks new again. Any recommendations on bilge paint? Should it be an epoxy because the boat is stored in the ocean and always has an inch of water in it. Also, how do you prep teh bilge to get all the gunk out and make it paintable?
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I'm running a I/O and the bilge was looking pretty scuzzy from years of neglect by the previous owner. Here's what I did:

1 - Hosed down the area to get the loose stuff off.
1a - I was able to drain the majority of the water/crap out the drain plug into a garbage can.
2 - Vacumed the area's remaining water then dry with rags.
3 - Bought two cans of spray "Gunk" which is an engine degreaser - IMHO there is nothing better.
4 - Spray the area down completely, then waited 10-15 minutes. Washed down the area again with garden hose.
5 - Repeat steps 2 & 4 it necessary.
6 - With the bilge area clean and dry I still waited a day for all moisture to dry off.
7 - Scuff the area down with 80-100 grit sandpaper, vacum then wip down with acetone.
8 - I applied several coats (by brush) of epoxy resin tinted white to get that just like new look. If one coat doesn't give the look and feel of brand new apply and second, third or fourth coat. The major up side of several coats will be the ease of cleaning the area down the road because the surface will be smoother.

The end results came out top shelf and could not have been done better!

One word of advice - TIP: Don't bother trying to wash the area down by man power; truely a waste of time and efford. Gunk will do the job a hundred times easier, faster and better.

Here is the web-site for the complete Gunk product line: http://www.gunk.com/ and this is the site of the product that I used: http://www.gunk.com/oe1.asp?group=ED . Oh yah, you can by one at a time from probably any automotive parts supplier.

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Garrett's method sounds great. I used Interlux Bilgekote in white. Definitely brightened the bilge but areas are rough, not smooth finish I'm sure Garrett obtained with coats of epoxy. Whatever you do make sure you degrease well, rough up with sandpaper, and wipe down with acetone prior to any coating.
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I can second the Interlux Bilgekote. It is very good stuff. I used straight undiluted Simple Green to descuz my bilge because it is supposed to be non toxic - though I sure wouldn't want to test the claim.
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silverg,

Yah I know that I was lucky because the epoxy didn't cost me a dime; a friend's donation. But I don't see why regular polyester resin wouldn't give one the same brand new appearence but for less money.

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The Simple Green method does cut the crap but you really still need to scrub. Where as with Gunk you just have to spray, open a beer, sit back and relax. I know this and so does my wife. She worked on the bilge for a couple of hours with Simple Green then I came along with the Gunk, sprayed, had a beer, hosed it down and my job made hers look like she hadn't done anything. Boy was she pissed. hehehe. I told her to wait and that I'd do it. But she's a great women and tries her best to looks after me.

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I was thinking about using Easypoxy by Petit. I have some left over from another project. Any reason why this wouldn't work?


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quote:Originally posted by Garett:
...I know this and so does my wife. She worked on the bilge for a couple of hours with Simple Green then I came along with the Gunk, sprayed, had a beer, hosed it down and my job made hers look like she hadn't done anything. Boy was she pissed. hehehe. I told her to wait and that I'd do it. But she's a great women and tries her best to looks after me.

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LOL, now thats funny!
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this is an old,old issue....the epoxy is ideal
if the ENTIRE hull is done at once, but to trap
moisture under the epoxy is asking for trouble
later....even paint doesnt let it breathe...
many of the wooden boat owners i know on the
chesapeake will take cuprinol or other rot rx
and flood the bilge with it, rotating the boat
to soak all the wood....the concept is that the
only thing the wood cant really handle with
grace is its actual destruction....the cuprinol
is toxic 10/10, so disposal is a major issue,
and under no circumstances goes overboard or
into the water even indirectly...i have seen
guys drain one boat into a five gallon pail and
simply pour it into the next boat....this makes
it economical, even, to do 5-10 boats this way...there may well be other compounds to use
in the same fashion, from boiled linseed oil to
deks olje #1....it wont be COSMETICALLY as nice
as paint or epoxy, but it should be far easier
and just as long-lasting, if not more....dan
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I went with Interlux Bilge coat (standard grey) also. Very happy with the results.

As others have noted, preparation is the key. Clean and toothy surfaces will hold the top coat.
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