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I just bought a 14' aluminum jon boat and am wanting to paint it. My question is can I just paint it with spray paint. It looks

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  • I just bought a 14' aluminum jon boat and am wanting to paint it. My question is can I just paint it with spray paint. It looks

    I just bought a 14' aluminum jon boat and am wanting to paint it. My question is can I just paint it with spray paint. It looks easy and cheap but will it work.

  • #2
    It would work but it may not last as long a professional paint. just make sure sand it and prep properly.

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    • #3
      Yeah you could paint it with spray paint, and i have painted mine that way but it did not last through the season and I ended up getting it professionally done.

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      • #4
        JMO~ you need to prep the boat with aluminum Primer and then paint, to be sour go on line look at West Marian Boat Supplies and Paint, they do make a spray paint for your J-Boat$$$$

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        • #5
          You will need to apply a coat of self-etching primer for the paint to stick on aluminum. It is sold in aerosol cans, so you can probably find it in any hardware store.

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          • #6
            On the self etching primer I see it comes in colors. When i paint over that will it change the color of my paint. Also there's a green color which is what I'm looking for so could I just leave the primer bare and not paint over it?

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            • #7
              Rattle can paint jobs are not known for durability, but will work for a while. The big problem with a rattle can job is that if you ever do decide to paint the boat right, the old paint from the rattle cans must be completely removed first. Thus, you my just end up making a lot of work for yourself or some else later on.

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              • #8
                you *may* just

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                • #9
                  I've never tried it, but you could take the lazy man's approach and leave the primer as your finish coat. It probably would not be as durable as the real thing, but it would be very easy to touch up any scuffs and scrapes, and keep the boat looking new as long as you have that rattle can handy.

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                  • #10
                    Here's my method and my 1980 model 17' Alumacraft still looks good.
                    Wash surface to be painted well wirh soapy water to remove mud and crud. Rinse and allow to dry completely. I used Rust-O-Leum. Wipe cleaned surface with vinegar and paint.
                    Vinegar is a mild acid and etches the metal slightly.
                    High dollar paint and primers aren't necessary.
                    Honestly? I wouldn't use my method unless I just wanted to camo up your boat. If you're looking for a really nice paint job, go professional.

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                    • #11
                      I spray painted mine black and red. We didn't even sand it and it worked fine. and I live less than a mile from the lake and go almost every day. But we did 2 layers of black then but the red on top. Very few spot next to the rivets are worn.

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