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Old 09-05-2016, 07:52 AM
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11-year old B-Bracket on a 28' Whitewater, not sure if its some kind of enamel or powder coat but its starting to spall and peel in various spots. Any way to stop this before it gets out of control? If I need to re-coat the bracket, what's the best method and what kind of service does that work? TIA!Name:  DSCN5329.jpg
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Mines doing the same on my 28' Whitewater

I'll follow this along.
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Topics move way too fast off the first few pages.
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
Mines doing the same on my 28' Whitewater

I'll follow this along.

Appears to be powdercoat and it flakes off over time. Not sure if the quantity I see is worth re-doing the entire bracket or if I can just keep up with it with Awlgrip.
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I have the same bracket on a 25 WW. Every 7-8 years I have had to deal with what was once powdercoating flaking off. Cause is of course the underlying AL corrosion and pitting which then results in a failure of the paint system to adhere to the metal.


The 100% RIGHT way to deal with it is to blast the bracket down to bare, bright aluminum then follow Awlgrip's 4 step process for priming aluminum. If the area is small, and you want to just maintain some sort of paint system, then you can spot repair the damaged areas, feathering the chipped areas back to good solid paint system and using the 4 step process. Final coat of awlgrip (after 545 primer, any type of fairing, their 2 part epoxy chromate primer after Alumiprep etching) can be spot sprayed. It won't last forever though. First option needs the engines off, all rigging removed and someplace with access to spray equipment. Second alternative won't give you great cosmetic results, but it will be better than flaking paint and corroded aluminum.


I just did mine 100% with engines off, and I will be critical of my buddies' techniques for retrieving daytime sword weights from now on.....
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Not much help I know, but I had my WW bracket linex'd in Sarasota rather than powdercoated hopefully to avoid this issue. Boat will be a year old next month so I can't speak to its longevity. Wouldn't hesitate to have a bracket linex'd again.
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I have the same bracket on a 25 WW. Every 7-8 years I have had to deal with what was once powdercoating flaking off. Cause is of course the underlying AL corrosion and pitting which then results in a failure of the paint system to adhere to the metal.


The 100% RIGHT way to deal with it is to blast the bracket down to bare, bright aluminum then follow Awlgrip's 4 step process for priming aluminum. If the area is small, and you want to just maintain some sort of paint system, then you can spot repair the damaged areas, feathering the chipped areas back to good solid paint system and using the 4 step process. Final coat of awlgrip (after 545 primer, any type of fairing, their 2 part epoxy chromate primer after Alumiprep etching) can be spot sprayed. It won't last forever though. First option needs the engines off, all rigging removed and someplace with access to spray equipment. Second alternative won't give you great cosmetic results, but it will be better than flaking paint and corroded aluminum.


I just did mine 100% with engines off, and I will be critical of my buddies' techniques for retrieving daytime sword weights from now on.....
Thanks great info!
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You might look into marine LineX. No matter what route you take, it's better to just strip and clean the whole thing, like others have said.
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I had it done professionally with awlgrip which held up for a bit but eventually fails. Now I use rustoleum.
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Having the same issue on my bracket. Probably going to pull off completely and have line x done on it in a couple months when weather starts to turn.
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Mine looked exactly like Auburn's.
Pretty simple job but did take me about 5 working days to get it done. AND does create a mess.
I removed my motor but didn't disconnect any controls or wiring. Would of given me a little more room to work but wasn't a big deal working around.
Dig out all the sealant best you can. I did a less than stellar job here but it all covered up nicely in the end.

First and messiest job is stripping. You've got to strip it to bare metal if you want the job to last any time. Any paint stripper will work.



After stripping, scuff with 320 grit, wash with dawn and dry, wipe with a good degreaser. Spray 2 light coats of zinc chromate primer, 3rd coat heavy.



I then rolled and tipped 3 coats of interlux perfection. Was very easy and was quite impressed how easy it was and how good it looked. This was after the first coat.

This is after the 3rd coat

This is the most important step.
I used interlux nonskid additive to my forth coat.
One thing I didn't do........

Lock up the friggen cats
Dabbed a little leftover paint to cover up the tracks (but not enough to totally cover it, I wanted a reminder for why I was kicking my cat years later)
It really came out nice.

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