Just make sure to prep the raw aluminum correctly and use the right primer. Using a primer made for aluminum is key to getting the end topcoat to actually adhere to the boat. Do a couple test pieces with the non skid when you spray it. You can mix the additive into the paint heavier or lighter depending on the texture of non skid you want. Sometimes the manufacture recommendation is to light for my liking.No more progress. Got probably 2 weeks of welding jobs to do for customers so this will take a back seat. I'm about to start ordering paint components though. My initial plan is to order some Awlgrip primer,paint, and non skid to spray. Cant decide between seafoam and whisper grey. I'm assuming they will both stay fairly cool in direct sunlight? Anyone have any thoughts on paint? i've never actually painted anything that I cared about looking really good, so this will be a first.
My plan is to use turf for the poling platform and casting platform. As far as non skid I’m planning on just using the Awlgrip stuff that mixes in the paint. That way from 10’ away you can’t even tell it’s there.
Awlgrip has a primer they recommend for aluminum so that's what i'm planning on using. I'm HOPING I can just rub the whole thing down with scotchbrite. If that doesn't seem to scuff it up enough i guess i'll use some 200 grit sandpaper on my sander.Just make sure to prep the raw aluminum correctly and use the right primer. Using a primer made for aluminum is key to getting the end topcoat to actually adhere to the boat. Do a couple test pieces with the non skid when you spray it. You can mix the additive into the paint heavier or lighter depending on the texture of non skid you want. Sometimes the manufacture recommendation is to light for my liking.
Yep, your right no that. I just feel like seafoam is to bright for the inside of a boat. but i guess that's personal taste. I would go seafoam on the outside and Ivory/Tan/ or off white on the inside.I feel like light gray is just a good "safe" color. I know down on the coast there are a ton of seafoam boats, but not so many up here in middle Tn lol.
I just didn’t feel like building one lol. And I can get a brand new galvanized trailer for under 2k through one of my connections so no real sense in building one either lol.Well if the pro welder is ordering his trailer, I guess I will scrap my plans of making myself a homebuilt one...
Looking great! So I guess that is stud welding the deck to the floor square beams? Any major pro/con vs screws? I was thinking I'll hit a few things and need to pull the floor to patch at times later. But obviously you are skilled enough to cut a hole in the floor and patch a patch of a patch!
I like how th floor looks much cleaner and flat like that... now here I got shopping for stud welders???
Keep em coming!
that’s interesting. When I took my bare aluminum boat a couple weeks ago I felt like it was probably scaring fish due to the glare.I forgot to mention that if it were my build I would probably not paint the outside or bottom. Paint on the inside, decks, gunnal helps to cut glare which you appreciate.
Certainly fish can see your boat regardless of its color. I've watched redfish casually swim under my boat in about 18" of water. For me paint on aluminum is primarily cosmetic. I'm sure there are coatings that slow oxidation but I'm not concerned. My boat has been used in fresh and salt since 1983 with no issues. Bottom and transom are 3/16 while the sides and top are 1/8. If I planned to let my boat sit in the water for extended periods of time (weeks) I would use some sort of paint.that’s interesting. When I took my bare aluminum boat a couple weeks ago I felt like it was probably scaring fish due to the glare.
My boats run primarily in fresh water so it takes a long time to dull lol. Especially above the water line. i know i could use the acid cleaner but on my last 3 brand new aluminum boats i've held off as long as possible. Once you start using it you can't stop lol. They get filthy so fast after that first use.raw aluminum dulls out over time. I've yet to see a used unpainted alum hull that is really shiny. maybe when new.