I tried painting mine with epoxy years ago. It didn't adhere, got all scratched up and was a big mess after one season. Could've been bad prep, but rather than mess around, I gelcoated that one and the one I have now. I'm not much of a painter and it still turned out halfway decent.
My intake was out of the boat, but you could tape around it. You'd want to be sure to clean out all the oil and/or grease though or the gelcoat won't ahere either.
Do a search and I'm sure you'll come up with some examples of both painted and gelcoated bilges to check out.
Some of these guys did amazing jobs gelcoating their bilges. Like this recent one for instance. watergun4u Floor redo
Mine was plain jane but covered. It's great for clean up. Just hit it with some degreaser spray and wipe it out.
Here's a before and after. Highly recommend gelcoat over paint.
Last edited by Squirtcha?; 12-20-2011 at 01:39 PM.
I had zero painting experience with a paint gun. I used Prestec with a gel. Turned out alright. Not tough to do but I did it outside in the sun so i had an uneven finish. My fault not the process or product. I even painted over the epoxy around the intake. Still looks good. It's very durable. I would show you a pic but cannot move them from my build thread cuz i'm a 'tard.
I used duratec mixed with clear gel thinned with a little acetone to spray out of a harbor freight hvlp. Came out great for a rookie. It was definitely easier to prep with the intake out so everything washed out easier.