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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:51pm

Post Subject: sterndrive repaint

Hi, I have my boat out of the canal at the moment to do repairs on the stern drive .This is very tired looking at the moment. There is some deep pitting in the aliminium.i have sanded it down to bare metal and I am wondering how best to proceed with it now. Any advice as to painting , undercoat , primer etc without breaking the bank will be gratefully received .Thanks Higgy


Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:15pm

Post Subject: sterndrive repaint

My feeling is that you would probably need some form of etch fluid or primer, then if using etch fluid, a primer and finally several coats of paint suitable for use below the waterline. However I think that by far your best bet is to contact the technical advice line at International, Hemple, and possibly Craftmaster and Narrowboat paints. Being an aluminium allow you have to take care with using any paints or primers containing metals and possibly metal oxides because some could cause corrosion of the aluminium This is why I have referred you to the paint makers. I note some questions like this on the YBW Forum and a Norfolk Broads forum. Tony Brooks

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