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Old 07-02-2022, 07:29 PM   #1
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Needing recommendations for a shop to strip, clean, and paint (or powdercoat) my 14í Alweld. Will powdercoat hold up on a boat or will paint be better option?
Cost isnít my only factor. Just want a good job done.

Iím in Huntsville, so i recon anywhere between Houston and Dallas would work.

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Old 07-02-2022, 07:49 PM   #2
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Yea good luck with that …,cheap labor hard to find. I’d rather flip burgers for $20…just saying. God bless your project.
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Old 07-02-2022, 10:57 PM   #3
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Yea good luck with that Ö,cheap labor hard to find. Iíd rather flip burgers for $20Öjust saying. God bless your project.

Cheap labor is not what i said, but OK.


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Old 07-02-2022, 11:01 PM   #4
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There is a guy in HV that does powder coating, can’t remember his name, but there is a shop on 75 north across from rural water supply office, they might know. If I find his name I will pm you. Thought about doing mine in bed liner paint, still researching it.
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Old 07-02-2022, 11:06 PM   #5
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call Austin Boatright, at Boatright marine.
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Old 07-02-2022, 11:06 PM   #6
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There is a guy in HV that does powder coating, canít remember his name, but there is a shop on 75 north across from rural water supply office, they might know. If I find his name I will pm you. Thought about doing mine in bed liner paint, still researching it.

I know the shop you are talking about. I pass them going pay my water bill. I didnít know they powder coat. Iíll stop in there when i get a chance.


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Old 07-02-2022, 11:12 PM   #7
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I know the shop you are talking about. I pass them going pay my water bill. I didnít know they powder coat. Iíll stop in there when i get a chance.


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I donít know if they powder coat I think they do wraps, but they might be able to steer you in right direction.
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Old 07-02-2022, 11:29 PM   #8
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I donít know if they powder coat I think they do wraps, but they might be able to steer you in right direction.

Gotcha. Thanks for the tip


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Old 07-03-2022, 01:59 AM   #9
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in for details. im wanting to do the same on my jon boat
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Old 07-03-2022, 05:55 AM   #10
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Never heard of anyone powder coating an aluminum boat. Iíd bet the prep work might make it cost prohibitive, but definitely worth looking in to. Give Allied Powder a call, in Houston.
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Old 07-03-2022, 11:57 AM   #11
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Never heard of power coating one either.

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Stripping and painting an aluminum boat isn't rocket surgery. Unless you're not physically able it's a pretty easy weekend project.

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Old 07-03-2022, 12:08 PM   #12
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Powder coating is hands down more durable than any field applied paint, as I do commercial metal refinishing for a living.

Quality powder coating or cross link may be your only options who can fit boat in a oven.
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Old 07-03-2022, 12:14 PM   #13
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A wrap on the exterior might be a good idea.
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Old 07-03-2022, 03:07 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the tips guys.
Durability is what i was looking for but was unsure, as you said, if a 14í boat could fit in an oven or if it would not be cost productive.

I thought about coating the bottom with Herculiner or something similar. I think it would stick to the carpet bunks a ton and maybe even slow the boat some on plane with it not being slick?

I have a way to paint it myself, but donít really know much on durability of different paints, if i should use an all in one and skip primer or the other way around.


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Old 07-03-2022, 03:52 PM   #15
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For field application, sand all areas with 220. Then solvent clean, epoxy prime and top coat with 2 part urethane (you can find marine grade). Recommend lighter colors as they hold up to sun and donít fade as quickly.


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Thanks for all the tips guys.
Durability is what i was looking for but was unsure, as you said, if a 14í boat could fit in an oven or if it would not be cost productive.

I thought about coating the bottom with Herculiner or something similar. I think it would stick to the carpet bunks a ton and maybe even slow the boat some on plane with it not being slick?

I have a way to paint it myself, but donít really know much on durability of different paints, if i should use an all in one and skip primer or the other way around.


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Old 07-03-2022, 04:13 PM   #16
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Check out Boswell airboat thread. They did a hella job on the paint.

As for the bottom, GatorGlide. Owner is top notch guy!! I'm about to put some on a skiff

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Old 07-03-2022, 10:50 PM   #17
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i do t think you could powder coat it never get it clean enough and the oven would cook all the foam out of it
get it sandblasted (the rough texture holds paint way better) they also make an etching primer for aluminum that prepares the metal to bond with the paint then use a good epoxy paint and you’ll be good to go
i did mine in 1993 and the paint stool looks good and it sits outside most of the time
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Old 07-04-2022, 09:47 AM   #18
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i do t think you could powder coat it never get it clean enough and the oven would cook all the foam out of it
get it sandblasted (the rough texture holds paint way better) they also make an etching primer for aluminum that prepares the metal to bond with the paint then use a good epoxy paint and youíll be good to go
i did mine in 1993 and the paint stool looks good and it sits outside most of the time

Thats a good point. I never even thought about the foam inserts in the seats.


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Old 07-04-2022, 04:14 PM   #19
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I wouldn't powder coat one. If you just have to put something on it paint it. Otherwise strip it, blast it, whatever to get all the paint off and leave it plain. No paint is needed. You'll get a hard oxidized finish naturally and you won't ever have to do anything to it. It's not as pretty as a cleanly painted boat but it dang sure is long lasting. Can't scratch the finish off. Beat it on docks, bounce it off rocks, nothing will hurt it. I have a couple buddies who guide out of aluminum boats who have gone this route. One in a Boatright and one in a Hanko. They had 'em built and just went with no paint. To me it doesn't look near as bad as a boat that has been used hard and is missing lots of paint. I use to have to have my Boatright stripped and re-painted every two years to keep it looking decent and even then by the time I had a year of wear on a coat of paint it was looking rough.
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Old 07-04-2022, 04:55 PM   #20
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If you do decide to paint it Sherwin Williams has an industrial paint that I am pretty sure is called KEM 400. Look it up, that is what a bunch of aluminum boat manufacturers use. You can't get it at just any Sherwin Williams, you have to go to one of their industrial paint stores. It's available in several good aluminum boat colors.
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If you do decide to paint it Sherwin Williams has an industrial paint that I am pretty sure is called KEM 400. Look it up, that is what a bunch of aluminum boat manufacturers use. You can't get it at just any Sherwin Williams, you have to go to one of their industrial paint stores. It's available in several good aluminum boat colors.
It is KEM 400 I have 3 gals sitting on my floor
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Old 07-04-2022, 05:45 PM   #22
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If you do decide to paint it Sherwin Williams has an industrial paint that I am pretty sure is called KEM 400. Look it up, that is what a bunch of aluminum boat manufacturers use. You can't get it at just any Sherwin Williams, you have to go to one of their industrial paint stores. It's available in several good aluminum boat colors.

This is what Boatright uses or least used to
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Old 07-04-2022, 05:48 PM   #23
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I wouldn't powder coat one. If you just have to put something on it paint it. Otherwise strip it, blast it, whatever to get all the paint off and leave it plain. No paint is needed.
Not a bad way to go but if you choose this route do not sandblast. Blasting will leave a rough porous finish that will stain like crazy unless you spend a lot of time sanding down to a fine grit after blast.
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Old 07-04-2022, 10:54 PM   #24
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If you do decide to paint it Sherwin Williams has an industrial paint that I am pretty sure is called KEM 400. Look it up, that is what a bunch of aluminum boat manufacturers use. You can't get it at just any Sherwin Williams, you have to go to one of their industrial paint stores. It's available in several good aluminum boat colors.

Thanks for the great info.

Iím currently researching some good paint stripper to just do the job myself.

Its a 98 model .100 thickness Alweld. Still has original paint, well, somewhat. Majority of the inside is worn out from foot traffic over the years but there is some Krylon rattle can job we did to the exterior for duck season years back. Its not horribly thick. I have a Sherwin Williams right by the house. I will atop in and inquire about that paint as well.


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Old 07-05-2022, 05:37 AM   #25
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I have a boat thread on here somewhere. I looked pretty hard for that kem400 or whatever it's called at several different sherwin Williams stores and they couldn't get it, 2 stores couldn't even find it in the system. I blasted the boat with a fine media, then painted with regular old rust-oleum from tractor supply. Boat still looks like it was just painted besides the few stains. Only missing paint is on a big gouge from a stop sign post during hurricane harvey. . I wouldn't spend very much on paint as I use my boat a lot and it's $11 paint job has held up for probably 5 years now. It does stain bad, but looks like someone above me said blasting it is my reason for staining.

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Check out Boswell airboat thread. They did a hella job on the paint.

As for the bottom, GatorGlide. Owner is top notch guy!! I'm about to put some on a skiff

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Gatorglide is whats on my boat and has been on the past few. Can't recommend it enough. X2 on owner being a great guy! Gives you his personal number to call at any time with any questions. When I did my first boat and had a few questions i called and he answered first time on a Sunday.

As far as paint id give a couple of aluminum boat manufacturers a call and see what they use. I know whatever Gator Tail uses is some ****** paint that has held up extremely well on my mud boat.
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Old 07-05-2022, 06:11 AM   #27
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I know it is a drive. But Abilene Powder Coating, would be my first call. They are setup to do entire Race car frames and chasis. They do impeccable work.
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Old 07-05-2022, 07:48 AM   #28
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I just dropped my aluminum center console off at WC Custom Boats week before last to have this done. They are doing some fab work on it too, along with stripping it, repainting and adding hydro turf. They are located in Cayuga just below Richland Chambers.
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You can't get KEM 400 at Sherwin Williams stores. Like I said, you have to go to a Sherwin Williams Industrial Coatings store. There is like 1 in Houston. If you go to your local SW store they WILL NOT be able to get it.
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Need to hit up a tasco or finish master for kem 400. Itís a standard enamel with hardener. Iíd opt for automotive urethane over an enamel based paint personally.


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I just dropped my aluminum center console off at WC Custom Boats week before last to have this done. They are doing some fab work on it too, along with stripping it, repainting and adding hydro turf. They are located in Cayuga just below Richland Chambers.
Glad to see those guys running again.

Post some pics when you get it back

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