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    Painting Pontoons??

    Experts, please help.

    I want to paint the "toons" on my Pontoon.
    They are flat sided pontoons, aluminum, of course. I will not be painting the running surface of these.
    How should it be prepped, and painted?

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    The green zinc chromate primer works good for corrosion protection
    I would use the etching aluminum wheel cleaner and a scotchbrite to clean the surface.
    Last edited by stvhelm; 03-31-2008 at 09:09 AM.
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    Helmut

    Thanks, will do
    This will not see salt water, if that makes a diff.
    I just want to make sure the paint will adhere, and not peel off.
    I am having this done by a "Body Shop", what type of paint will work best?

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    I don't think "most" body shops will (or even can) use green zinc chromate anymore. I have had several aluminium boats painted, and I think the body shops will lean towards a etching epoxy type primer with a acrylic urethane topcoat. Imron (or other manufactures similar to Imron product) would be the most durable. Baking will improve overall performance. I think the biggest problem you could see from this job is moisture getting under the paint and bubbling if everything is not perfect when the boat sits in the water for an extended period of time. I would weigh my options to paint very carefully.

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    Bruster

    Thanks,
    It will be on a Shore Station, when not driven.
    It will probably be able to be put in the heat room also, when painted.

    Where is Twin Lakes?
    I am at Hardy Pond every summer weekend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Train View Post
    Thanks,
    It will be on a Shore Station, when not driven.
    It will probably be able to be put in the heat room also, when painted.

    Where is Twin Lakes?
    I am at Hardy Pond every summer weekend?

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    G
    Epoxy primer, with baked acrylic urethane (single stage, you don't need base/clear) will befine then.
    Twin lake is just a few miles North of Muskegon.
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    why not powder coat them?
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    Action

    They are still on the boat...don't you need 340Deg F. for Powdercoat to set? I thought a bake room was like 140-160 deg (not sure, but I see cars in them).

    I don't want to take them off to have this done.

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    Last edited by G-Train; 03-31-2008 at 02:57 PM.
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    Why paint a toon if its not in salt? I would think any process would take tremendous preparation for the paint to stay. Just a thought we have found the new paints for salt use all suk and if not totally prepped right it comes right off. Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Train View Post
    They are still on the boat...don't you need 340Deg F. for Powdercoat to set?

    I don't want to take them off to have this done.

    Thanks
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    ahh, yea, I was under the impression they were off the boat.

    depending on the coating it takes that kind of temp for the coating to flow. or so I have been told.
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