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Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 1:22pm

Post Subject: Painting the engine room / locker

Hi, the floor of the engine room (locker?) of my canal boat is quite rusty due to a minor leak in one of the pipes that leads to the calorifier. I've fixed the leak and now everything is bone dry. I would now like to remove the rust and paint the floor and walls in order to protect them. Please can you advise on how best to do this? Should I be using standard blacking or is there some special product I should be looking out for? Many Thanks


Posted: Tue Aug 02, 2011 2:51pm

Post Subject: Painting the engine room / locker

I would brush all th rust off you can, then give it a really good going over with abrasive paper. Vacuum up all the dust and treat with Fortan or Vactan. Then follow the instructions for any bilge paint system that takes your fancy. I use Hemple (bilge & locker paint) but I am sure any will do. If you want a cheaper option prep the same way and follow up with a coat or two of rust resistant primer and several coat of machinery paint which should be a little more oil tolerant than ordinary oil based paint. Once again please will readers with expertise in this area advise. Tony Brooks

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