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    Question Re-painting a jet boat!

    What kind of paint do you guys use to re-paint a jet boat. Looking for a very durable finish that will last a long time and won't fade in the sunlight. But, is relatively easy to apply because I will be doing all the work myself, along with my mechanic who also owned a body shop. Thanks.

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    Go gelcoat for durability.



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    Dammit, there is another thread for those comments. Called "Re-gelling a jet boat!" this is for paint. I decided gel coat would be more work than I would want to deal with. Thanks though. I'll keep it in mind.

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    Just kidding. I saw your other thread and thought I give you a hard time.

    But gel is alot more durable. It just depends on how you are gonna use the boat and be able to take care of it.

    I got little kids and park the boat in the garage, so it doubles as a jungle gym,
    and gets stuff banged on it.

    Do you plan on keeping the boat for along time?
    Are you gonna use it and abuse?
    Is it going to be a showpiece?

    Sorry i wanted to get this typed up faster. Didn't mean to make you mad

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrollerDave View Post
    Just kidding. I saw your other thread and thought I give you a hard time.

    But gel is alot more durable. It just depends on how you are gonna use the boat and be able to take care of it.

    I got little kids and park the boat in the garage, so it doubles as a jungle gym,
    and gets stuff banged on it.

    Do you plan on keeping the boat for along time?
    Are you gonna use it and abuse?
    Is it going to be a showpiece?
    Right now I plan on keeping the boat for quiet awhile, but as you might know that can change very quickly when a good deal comes around. Ain't going to be no showpiece! ***** right now I'll be happy if it runs. It's going to get the shit run out of it when it does run, I live on the river. If you've seen any of my pictures of the entire boat you will see how I treat the paint on this boat. And it is more than likely going to be stored in a dusty tobacco barn for awhile after it gets finished. But, first chance I get it would be stored in a garage. It spent 10 years of it's life being neglected and left outside without a cover, and I'm not going to let that happen to it ever again, as long as I have it. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll continue to consider gel coat as an option for coating my boat. Thanks again.

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    I figured someone would have replied (other than being a smart ass) to this
    with some good answers for you about paint.
    Keep reading through the paint and fiberglass forum. There alot of info to go
    thru, especially BillyB's paint thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiianJet View Post
    What kind of paint do you guys use to re-paint a jet boat. Looking for a very durable finish that will last a long time and won't fade in the sunlight. But, is relatively easy to apply because I will be doing all the work myself, along with my mechanic who also owned a body shop. Thanks.
    Gelcoat , it is durable. little harder to do. but worth the time for lasting look.

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    acrylic enamel, my grandfather painted my dads boat and three of his old flattys with it, turns out awesome, my dads boat hassent faded yet and it was done a about 18 years ago, stuff works wonders and ranges from around $60 - $90 per gallon
    this boat will be the death of me

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    Hey 71Kona ,Got any pic's You can post up of You'r Kona?
    I have a 73 that I am restoring right now,with pump setback.

    I plan on painting My Kona with a urethane basecoat/clearcoat and a single stage urethane for the bottom. The bottom paint will be somthing like imron. The base clear that I am planning on using is Dupont chroma base,And not sure what clear I will use.
    If you are going with a single color,You could just use a quality single stage paint ....Hal
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    i dont know how to post in pics in a thread so go into my public profile and i have an album with pictures
    this boat will be the death of me

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    you wouldnt spend the money on a shoe and rideplate because of money. but now you're planning on repainting??????????

    color sand and buff that pig and you will be surprised with the results. you will save a ton of money. isnt that your concern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jet4fun View Post
    you wouldnt spend the money on a shoe and rideplate because of money. but now you're planning on repainting??????????

    color sand and buff that pig and you will be surprised with the results. you will save a ton of money. isnt that your concern?
    I was thinking the same thing when he said he wouldn't bother with checking for hook or rocker in the bottom because it sounded too expensive.....then here come the threads about paint and gelcoat.
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    I just get bored and start looking at stuff. Then, I get curious about stuff, so I decided to ask. I'm not in any hurry, and it will probably be several years before I paint the boat. When I do put the ride plate and shoe on will probably be the same time that I paint the boat. When I do get around to painting it I will probably refer back to this thread and plus I print out or write down everything important I find out. I have a huge folder of jet boat related stuff. Sorry about the confusion.

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    I had mine painted 10 years ago by a pro and it still looks great. The design is simple, people always think it's gel.
    The basics approach was:
    Epoxy primer, get a good one. Supposedly helps prevent blisters/bubbles on bottom if the boat sits in water for days at a time.
    Imron for the colors, then he clear coated the top deck above the seam, it was not a necessary step, but gives it some depth and extra protection on top. It has been a very durable finish.

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