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    Posted: 01/29/2012 at 12:32am
Liquid Asset gets credit for this one, as it was detailed enough that a newbie at painting like me can follow this one. He was talking about painting his logs, but I don't see why it couldn't be applied on other applications like fencing as well.
Originally posted by Liquid Asset Liquid Asset wrote:

Originally posted by Capt Jack Shallows Capt Jack Shallows wrote:

Shaun, first post here. Can you tell me specifically how you prepped and painted your toons and what types of paint and primer you used? Looks fantastic!
   No problem ! It was a big job with the boat already built but still not too bad. If I could do it again I would surley do it before the deck goes on. I used the rustoleum marine paint system. All of the reviews I found online were really good. I did a couple test panels just like with the teak flooring and put it through the paces. I left one out all winter and even in single digit temps I could flex the piece of aluminm sheet metal in half and the paint moved right with it. The other pannel spent 6 months in salt water and it didn't phase it !
1. I acid clean the logs.
2. I had to sand the rough spots on the logs at the water line. I used several methods but 60 grit paper on my 5" dewalt sander was the best. The paper dulls real fast so the marks it leaves isn't an issue at all. It does and awsome job at mechanically etching the aluminum. After the sander I rubbed it down with a maroon scotch brite pad. It helped even things out where the sander would not fit.
3. Per directions i tacked everything with mineral spirits before applying the first coat of their aluminum primer.
4. Sand with 220 apply second coat of primer.
5.Sand with 220 apply first coat of paint. I mixed a couple of colors to make my shade of cream color. I used a 4" smooth foam roller. I talked to a friend about spraying it but with the boat being on the trailer and already built I didn't want to get it near a sprayer. There is alot of info on the web about pulling off great paint jobs with a roller. Cars , boats, you name it ! It just takes time to get a good job. I thinned my paint with 5% mineral spirits to give it more open flow time. I also added enamel hardner to speed up the dry time , increase gloss , and just make it tougher all around.
5. I sanded with 320 before my second coat of paint and then applied
Now if you want a show car finish ( mine looks great to me) you can wet sand after the final coat. The paint is nice and shiny and smooth so I'm not going to bother with that unless I run into free time and I don't know what to do with it ! All in all it's a great paint job for a great price and I was able to do it in my drive way. The paint has been in the water quite a bit since I applied it. The longest time was 4 days over labor day weekend. I have some scratches on very front bottom of the center log from hitting rocks while pulling up on a shore line. I can't fault the paint it was my fault I should have know better. I would recommend the rustoleum paint to anyone that wants give it a shot. If you have any more questions feel free to ask, and welcome to the site !!!
                    , shaun
Here's some pics of Liquid Assets toons before and after.
To see Shaun's rebuild, go here
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