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alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 13 May 2019, 15:07
by gwar822
i searched and searched but i still am not sure what to get...


i know i need self etching primer for the aluminum boat. after that i dont know what paint to get... total boat has paint but not the colors i want, im looking for a nice blue ish turquoise green ish color to paint my old fd alumacraft.

does anyone know what brand paint hasa decent color range? i looked up total boat and they only have hunting camo and plain colors. i checked out west marine and they have the colors i like but its confusing.. west marine website has a paint called awlgrip and 3 different kinds and i dont know if its even what im looking for or some kind of anti slip paint...


im confused someone please give me some brands and sites i can check out. just needs to be able to go on aluminum and over a self etchign primer..
its a 14 foot vhull so i want to roll and brush the paint on not spray.

like this color or somthing similar

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 13 May 2019, 16:52
by Weldorthemagnificent
Rustoleum works well rolling and brushing. I didn't go check the site but I think they have a similar color. You can mix hardener with rustoleum and it comes out nice on a budget. I have both sprayed and rolled and honestly, the rolled looked just as good.

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alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 13 May 2019, 18:52
by lckstckn2smknbrls
Rustoleum can be custom tinted.

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 13 May 2019, 19:22
by Weldorthemagnificent
Both rustoleumImage

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alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 13 May 2019, 21:01
by uttexas
Rustoleum oil based enamel. I just used the regular Rustoleum oil based, I know they have a premium professional brand also
For the color you want, I’d try mixing 3 parts blue to 2 parts aluminum. If it’s not green enough, slowly add Rustoleum oil based green until you get the color you like

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 14 May 2019, 18:28
by gwar822
thanks everyone for the reply! i will go to ace hardware and get them to mix me up a color, rustoleum brand.

im actually going to do a light sanding and like 3 coats, with the last coat sanded with high grit and polished.


this boat is going to look so awesome... it will be unique.. polished bow deck, nice color, polished gunwales

i got white oak at a wood working shop, oh yeah i cant wait to post pics of the whole thing and show the end result

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 14 May 2019, 18:51
by Weldorthemagnificent
The jalopy journal and H.A.M.B are good sources of threads on painting with rustoleum. Some of those guys have done amazing jobs rolling and tipping then finishing like you plan to.

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alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 14 May 2019, 19:14
by uttexas
With Rustoleum oil based enamel rolling and tipping; I had good results thinning 14oz of paint with 1oz of mineral spirits and adding 0.5oz of hardener per 14oz paint

This video shows good technique for rolling Rustoleum
I don’t agree with his clear coat last step—would wet sand with 3000 grit and polish instead if you want that kind of finish
https://youtu.be/_qPJTTRWttQ

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 14 May 2019, 22:01
by lckstckn2smknbrls
If you use the hardener and you should, don't breath the fumes get yourself a good respirator.

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 16 May 2019, 22:39
by gwar822
lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:If you use the hardener and you should, don't breath the fumes get yourself a good respirator.

it took me like 10 hours to strip the damn antislip paint with sand that was put in 1955... who knows whats in that... yeah the fumes from the paint stripper was horrible i def will use a filtered mask, i used one just tol strip the anti slip... \\

i decided to not be lazy and remove the bench seats... allot of hard work and precision but its done

now everything will come easy... painting and all that cant wait to show the end results

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 17 May 2019, 15:37
by 1960 yellowboat
No need to remove all the old paint. Just give it a light sanding.
I re-did my 14 ft semi-vee too. I used Rustoleum bare metal primer letting it dry in the hot florida sun between coats and then painted it with Rustoleum paint. I used a brush and roller too and it turned out fine. 3 years and no problems.

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 20 May 2019, 20:41
by gwar822
1960 yellowboat wrote:
17 May 2019, 15:37
No need to remove all the old paint. Just give it a light sanding.
I re-did my 14 ft semi-vee too. I used Rustoleum bare metal primer letting it dry in the hot florida sun between coats and then painted it with Rustoleum paint. I used a brush and roller too and it turned out fine. 3 years and no problems.
wow what a beautiful boat! i love the yellow color
so after i use the right self etching metal primer, i can use any rusto oil based enamel?

because i relaly want to have a unique color, or atleast not the average blue, green, white, camo, grey colors

some progress pics

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 20 May 2019, 22:52
by lckstckn2smknbrls
After the self etching primer use Rustoleum clean metal primer.

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 23 May 2019, 15:28
by 1960 yellowboat
Yes, Rust oleum is the way to go. You can spend more but you won't do any better, in my opinion. And yes, I painted it yellow. Camo and flat green is boring as are many other traditional boat colors. When people go to the lake, they'll see dozens of white, blue, and grey boats but only ONE yellow!
How about red?

alumacraft fd, paint and i have a question

Posted: 24 May 2019, 00:54
by fyr4efect
I used Epifanes mono-urethane. Great color selection and great tech support. 6" foam roller. Very tough.
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