Started stripping boat

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by catfisherman369, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    started stripping the paint on the 18 ft. flat bottom I bought last friday . Removed 2 bench seats and a transom unit on back . Looks like it has 5 layers of paint on it . I found some interested lettering on the sides that said m.v.admiral in orange lettering . I believe it may have belonged to the admiral casino boat in st.louis . which is now the president . Will have to check it out . getting all the paint off is a pain in the rear . Once I get the boat stripped and painted i have to start the trailer . Will start taking pictures tomorrow .
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2009
  2. ae_ted

    ae_ted Guest

    Good Luck. Keep us posted. I once painted a new aluminum canoe 30 yrs ago. Used some bright yellow marine primer then came back with camo. Paint job is still good to this day except where is has been scraped off from rubbing on gravel on the front and back. Overall still a fine paint job.
     

  3. 4bratsdad

    4bratsdad Member

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    if u dont already know this "aircraft stripper" is the way to go, i did 3 boats before i discovered it, all had sev layers paint, its the stuff for aluminum boats!! they now carry it at autozone, had to buy mine at a paint supplier
     
  4. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Iwish I would have known . I am damn near done with it , only have the inside left to strip . Hopefully this is my first and last boat to strip paint off of . My other boat has no paint on it , so I never had to redo it when I got it . One thing is for sure this sucks the big one ....lol
     
  5. etexun

    etexun New Member

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    That aircraft aluminum stripper is the only way to go. I tried a bunch of other types of strippers before I found it. It is thick and will bubble the old paint off with down to the bare aluminum. When I stripped down my boat it had several layers of that bed liner paint in it. This stuff pealed it right off. I found it at AutoZone. Just don't inhale that stuff. It will singe the hair in your nose.
     
  6. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Still stripping paint , but getting close to being done . Here is a few pictures of the project so far . She looks a bit ugly at this stage . Still havent desided on a color yet . Olive drab or aluminum .
     
  7. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Finally got all the stripping done . Thank God now I can start the primer and wet sanding . What fun .
     
  8. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    You going with the lavender, or the dayglo pink top coat?? :wink::smile2:
     
  9. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    lol
     
  10. Iowa_Josh

    Iowa_Josh New Member

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    What grit do you wetsand with to make the mud coating really stand out?
     
  11. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    I will probably go with a piece of 600
     
  12. snal

    snal New Member

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    Look'n good!
    Luckily, all I had to do was sand the rough spots on my project boat. Couldn't find zinc-chromate primer...but there were several self etching primers available locally. Went with one that was almost the same color that I painted the boat.
    I will say that Parker paint seems to be good stuff!...and cheap as paint goes.
    One gallon did 3 coats on my 24 footer (inside and out). I brushed the paint on...then rolled it out on the very bottom, but broke down and bought a HVLP spray gun for the rest....best money I've ever spent!
    Primer was $118 (2 quarts plus activator made a gallon)
    One gallon Parker paint $36
    HVLP gun $89