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Old 04-03-2008, 08:46 AM   #1
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Boat Outdrive paint for hitch?

I am almost about to paint my Hensley. Originally was going to do it Orange but the people that posted the pics of the grey has really grown on me. The other day my buddy was telling me that he is sanding down hit outdrive on his boat and painting it. The guys at the boat shop sold him some grey OMC paint made for this task.

I figured that if it can stand up to the friction of the water moving at 70mpg and being constantly wet, it should hold up on the hitch pretty well. 8 bucks a can is a lot better than the 100.00 that I was thinking about spending on the Por-15 stuff.

Has anyone used it?
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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Only on the outdrive of our Mercury unit. It did hold up pretty well, but had to be repainted annually.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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The boat paint is probably more for rust prevention than durability. Most of our customers get good results from plain old spray paint. After that, keep her covered up when not in use. The Por-15 is very expensive, which is why we'll probably never use it commercially. You never know, though. If their price comes down someday, I can try it.
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:13 PM   #4
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Man, where do you guys park? I've never had problems with marine growth on my hitch

Seriously, the main selection for the below waterline coatings is firm attachment to the base metal, in outdrives it's the aluminum alloys. The metal hull on my houseboat had industrial black, rolled on over a good primer on sandblasted steel.
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Just a thought....the Home Depot store here has rattle cans of black Appliance Epoxy, and I have used it on some "projects". It ends up with a coating almost like power coating, and it should hold up really well on a hitch.
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Old 04-03-2008, 03:46 PM   #6
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Man, where do you guys park? I've never had problems with marine growth on my hitch
Obviously, you've never left your trailer in South Florida in Summer... In fact, Bertha's A-Frame is turning green from being exposed to the goo we breathe around here. I can only imagine what my lungs look like after decades of exposure.
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Just a thought....the Home Depot store here has rattle cans of black Appliance Epoxy, and I have used it on some "projects". It ends up with a coating almost like power coating, and it should hold up really well on a hitch.
I've also had really good success with the epoxy paints. It makes a rooky painter like me look like a pro.
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Thanks guys. In MI, I really only am concerned about fading and more important adhesion. There are a lot of welds and paint doesnt like to stick. Thats what made me think about the outdrive paint. If it can stay on alloy going 70 mph through the water, it shouldnt come off my hitch. Atleast thats was my thinking. This paint is in a rattle can so it would be just as easy as any other.

I looked at the epoxy paint. I almost bought it but is said for indoor use only. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Mine looked poorly in only a few months, but I have yet to bring the trailer home to remove, prep, prime and re-paint the unit. As I will probably paint mine the same color as the trailer frame, I am appreciative of being reminded of searching out alternative paint coatings. Will have to check Interlux and some other manufacturers sites.
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