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BarryTurano
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:13 am
Does anyone know if and who can paint a aluminum jon boat? My son has a 20' Lowe Rough Neck cc, the paint on the hull is faded and splotchy. Trying to find if this can be painted. At the same time would like to paint the deck in a light color with some sort of non skid. He has removed all of the paint from the deck primed it and painted a non skid product on it but it does not seem to hold up well. Any ideas?
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:06 am
I've been considering using the SeaDek sheet material on the deck of my Jon boat. It costs more, but having a non-skid heat reflecting surface may be worth it. It's worth looking at.  
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:51 am
Looked at it last year. Around December they run a 50% off sale. He was going to do it last year but missed the sale by one day. Probably need to remind him again. Would really like to get the hull repainted, know anyone?
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Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:07 pm
Don't know any painters. My G3 is pretty banged up, but I kinda like it that way. Makes me less concerned about scratching the paint when I'm docking or beaching, or when someone drags the anchor chain over the side. I still keep her clean and give her good mechanical maintenance though.
Thanks for the heads up about the winter sale on the SeaDek material. I'll be keeping my eyes open for the next one.
  
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Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:52 am
A lot of people use the Rustoleum "camo" paint on Jon boats. But like with all paint jobs the results are all in the prep. You need to insure you remove all loose and flaking paint. I usually will use an etching primer on any bare aluminium. Scuff the boat with a red scotch brite pad and then be sure to put it on in a few even coats.

I will be painting a Jon boat here in the next month and will post pics.
  
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Thu Oct 26, 2017 9:29 am
Thank you.
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Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:33 am
Barry:

The best for aluminum is a Zinc Chromate primer with a eurethane topcoat. Sherwin Williams POLANE is really good topcoat for this application. It's what we use on all our Aluminum Aircraft products.

PM me, I might have some extra but it would be yellow.
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:30 am
How about Line X XS-650?
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:22 am
Once upon a time I had a green jon boat. I spent a week sanding it down, top to bottom. Then I painted it with Rustoleum marine paint: white topside, black bottom (not anti foul). and it held up REALLY well. Prep work makes the difference and it's not that tough of a job to do if you have TIME.
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:04 am
Barry,
Pettit Paint has an excellent website with lots of info on painting all types of materials including aluminum. Pettintpaint.com
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Fri Oct 07, 2022 4:04 am
You will want to paint an aluminum Jon boat. The other materials you will need are a paint thinner, primer, and clear coat (optional). You can use a paint sprayer, paintbrush, or roller to apply the paint on your boat. Fill a paint sprayer canister and coat the boat’s surface with the primer. If you do not have a paint sprayer, an ordinary paintbrush or roller will suffice. Start on the boat’s outside surface, letting the primer dry for at least eight hours before flipping the boat over to paint the inside.  

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Fri Oct 07, 2022 3:48 pm
You could try CFCC boat building program, ph 910-362-7361, they have taken on a few paint projects for people.  
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Sun Jan 01, 2023 3:40 am
I'm not sure what kind of paint you're talking about, but if it's a standard paint that can be used on aluminum boats, then I can tell you that yes, it can be repainted.

I have an aluminum boat that I recently painted with a high-quality marine epoxy paint. The process was pretty simple:

1) Clean the boat thoroughly with soap and water to remove all dirt and residue.

2) Sand down any rough spots or blemishes to ensure that a smooth surface is achieved.

3) Apply a coat of primer to the entire boat, then allow it to dry completely before applying another coat of primer followed by two coats of your chosen color (I used white).

4) Allow the paint to cure for at least 48 hours before putting it back into use (this can take up to five days depending on how hot it is outside).
  
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