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Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

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  • Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

    After seeing the prices of some other paints I have decided to give Rustoleum a shoot. I can get gloss white for $25 a gallon.

    I'm going to spray it on with a spray gun.

    I have two questions for you guys.

    #1 Can I change the color of gloss white? I want like an oyster shell, something so it doesnt look like it just rolled off the showroom floor.

    #2 Do I need to thin the paint? If so what to use to thin it, and how much should I use. I have read to cut it 50/50 with Mineral Spirits? Is this a must do?


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    Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

    Ayuh,...

    #1,.. Sure,... You can mix in whatever color you want to dull the white...
    Just be sure to use a compatable Rustolium paint...

    #2,.. While Mineral Spirits is great for Cleaning up wet Rustolium,...
    Using a faster flashing thinner for spraying will work much better,... ei; less Runs...

    Btw,... 50/50 is Way too much,... Thin it Only enough to get a Good Spray Pattern from your gun...
    Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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    • #3
      Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

      To thin it use paint thinner (or mineral spirits), same for clean up. I used a cheap ($15) Harbor Freight gravity feed gun with good success, think I thinned the Rustoleum about 10%. If you thin it 50% it's going to be like water, so don't do that, just enough to make the paint spray correctly.

      I haven't had it it tinted before, check with the place you're buying the paint, I don't see why it couldn't be tinted though...
      2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
      2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force

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      • #4
        Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

        Do I really need to use a thinner? Or can I get by with using it right out of the can? Thank You for your help..

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        • #5
          Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

          Just read the can of rustoleum gloss, say to only thin with Acetone, or mineral spirits. have you looked at the Rustoleum Marine paints? it comes in several colors.
          http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGBrand.asp?bid=13

          http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=4

          got to http://www.rustoleum.com/default.asp they have many off white colors, why mix? then touch up in the future is easy.
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          • #6
            Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

            You'll need to thin it for spraying, it's too thick out of the can and won't atomize properly unless thinned.
            2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
            2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force

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            • #7
              Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

              Have you researched the roll and tip method. I was under impression that its the preferred way to paint a boat now. Plus a lot less masking and detail work than spraying.

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              • #8
                Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                No roll and tip for me if I can spray.

                I have another question.

                When I prep the boat should I use 220 sand paper just dull it up and then wipe down with acetone?

                Once I sand it down with 220 do I need to prime the entire boat or can I just get to painting?

                Once I get the first coat on what grit sand paper should I use to wet sand it.

                Then after the second coat what grit sand paper should I use to wet sand it?

                Thank you for everybody's feedback...

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                • #9
                  Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                  i am interested in the same thing wcsweb just asked, but also, is it necassary or beneficial to spray on a gel coat after you paint it? and im planning to spray on brightside. if its not necassary then that will be great.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                    What type of hull are you working on, fiberglass, aluminum? When I first read your post I though it was an aluminum fishing boat.

                    With the amount of work you are talking about, (wet sanding between coats) I would use a better paint. It's a small price to pay considering the amount of work you are talking about putting into the finish.


                    jdp, you would either paint OR gelcoat, not both. Read oops! 's "hull extension" thread and you can see what he did to gelcoat his boat,,, lots of work
                    2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
                    2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force

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                    • #11
                      Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                      Ayuh,....

                      Rustolium is just an enamal....
                      If you can shoot the 2nd coat within the time listed on the can,.. No sanding is needed between coats..
                      And,...
                      Rustolium Isn't color sanded after the last coat...

                      jdp, you would either paint OR gelcoat, not both.
                      Ayuh,... Exactly....
                      Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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                      • #12
                        Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                        Originally posted by fishrdan View Post
                        What type of hull are you working on, fiberglass, aluminum? When I first read your post I though it was an aluminum fishing boat.

                        With the amount of work you are talking about, (wet sanding between coats) I would use a better paint. It's a small price to pay considering the amount of work you are talking about putting into the finish.


                        jdp, you would either paint OR gelcoat, not both. Read oops! 's "hull extension" thread and you can see what he did to gelcoat his boat,,, lots of work
                        Fiberglass is the type of hull. Do I need to prime the entire boat first?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                          Do I need to prime the entire boat first?
                          Ayuh,....

                          It's Not absolutely Necessary,..
                          But,...
                          It gives a good base for the top coat to stick to,+ a uniform color to hide, so there'll be no shadows, from differing colors...
                          Any Grease is Better,..... Than No Grease at All.......

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                          • #14
                            Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                            I was doing some test spraying today and I can seem to get rid of the orange peel. I have the try adjusting the gun to spray light but still getting orange peel. I also added about a 1/2 onze of acetone do I need to add more?

                            Thanks

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                            • #15
                              Re: Going to try Rustoleum to paint entire Boat

                              1/2 ounce of acetone in how much paint?

                              Sounds like you need to reduce it more. When I've sprayed Rustoleum I used paint thinner to reduce, allowed more time for the paint to flow out. I don't know how much I reduced the paint, just dumped some in until I got a good spray pattern, it wasn't much though. I should add that I was spraying when it was hot outside 90-100 and the paint thinner would evaporate pretty quickly, the paint was non-tacky within a 1/2 hour.
                              2001 Crestliner SuperHawk 1800, Mercruiser 140HP
                              2007 Tracker 1436 jon boat, 7.5HP Force

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