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thinking of painting my jon boat, what is the best paint for bonding with the aluminum hull? i am guessing a etching primer and automotive paint, what do you suggest?
 

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I bought some etching paint for an aluminum rack for my ATV but is still didn't stick as it should have. I bought it from an auto paint store and paid a pretty penny for the aresol can of the stuff. Don't have an answer for ya, as mine only looks fair.
 

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You must first use Zinc Chromate (sp?) to treat the aluminum. You can get it at the Bluewater Marine and West Marine, otherwise the paint will come off in sheets.
 

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I used to work on Aluminum boats and there is only one true way. You will need to scuff up the old paint, Zinc Chromate, and Paint. The Zinc Chromate was pulled off the market in quanity a while back but you can find some places that sell a less harmful Zinc Chromate in the area. Make sure to scuff up the old paint before applying. If the aluminum is bear you can use an acis etching instead of sanding.
 

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We painted our jon boat with airplane paint and it has yet to peel. Purchased at our local auto paint store.
 

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in 1983 i painted my jon boat its still holding ! sand it , wipe it down with vinegar let it dry for a day shoot it with zinc c primer and the paint is enamel from the parts house our can get flattener for it . the vinegar acid etches the boat and makes the ZC primer grab good (one of those wise old men tricks works great on rusty hand tools too just soak em for a few days )
 
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