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Old 02-28-2019, 10:09 AM   #21
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The best bilge paint for the money is Sherwin Williams Tile-Clad 2 part Epoxy paint. Wont hold up to UV rays but harder than gelcoat.

And before someone mentions it's for the home/industrial check out the marine label.



I use it as a primer and @ $120 for 2 gallons it's crazy good. I also used it as deck paint on my center console. It resists oils, sliding coolers, and so far(4 years) the sun. I could wear metal cleats while fishing lol.


Bilgekote can't hold a candle to it.
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Old 02-28-2019, 10:31 AM   #22
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Won't hold up to UV but you use it as deck paint?
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A proper bilge coating paint should not absorb oils and discolor over time. Repainting is such a pain, why not do it right the first time?
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I would consider Jamestown Distributors epoxy bilge paint "Totalbilge". Painting a bilge is an M52A1 PITA. You only want to do it once and you want it to last. So my recommendation is a purpose intended product not a make do one.
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I have not used the Total boat bilge paint but I did use their Spartan bottom paint and I am not impressed. I will be using Micron Extra this year instead.
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I 2nd use of ZINSSER white mold & mildew primer/paint on a boat, but we've not used it in the bilge. I've painted inside closets, bathrooms, drawers, and cupboards for an easy-to-apply, hard, washable finish. It leaves a nice satin finish that I like.
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Pettit EZ Bilge - about $28/qt. One and done - Great stuff
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I hope to die before I need to paint the bilges LOL
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Why are some boaters willing to pinch pennies. We own boats worth big money but we cannot spring for correct paint for an area that is exposed to oil, fuel, saltwater etc. it just doesn’t make sense.
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Why are some boaters willing to pinch pennies. We own boats worth big money but we cannot spring for correct paint for an area that is exposed to oil, fuel, saltwater etc. it just doesn’t make sense.
I have not figured that one out either.
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The previous owner painted the bilge with an unknown product. After 5 years i am still picking out the loose paint that clogs the pumps. Recommendation: Don't paint....ugly is sometimes best.
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The previous owner painted the bilge with an unknown product. After 5 years i am still picking out the loose paint that clogs the pumps. Recommendation: Don't paint....ugly is sometimes best.
I tell the women that, ugly is sometimes best.
Alas, they dont believe me. SHRUG LOL
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False Economy?

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Why are some boaters willing to pinch pennies. We own boats worth big money but we cannot spring for correct paint for an area that is exposed to oil, fuel, saltwater etc. it just doesn’t make sense.
I agree. I'd rather be sitting at anchor or cruising somewhere that painting my bilge every couple of years or so because I wanted to save $50 or $60. Used Bilgecoat 8 years ago and it still looks like I painted it yesterday.
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Expensive pain't guarantees nothing but spending more money.


Researching more inexpensive paint/alternatives can be a much smarter move.
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Expensive pain't guarantees nothing but spending more money.


Researching more inexpensive paint/alternatives can be a much smarter move.
Proper preparation!! Degrease the bilges
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Proper preparation!! Degrease the bilges
Helps, but doesn't guarantee good or inexpensive paint from lasting.
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Expensive pain't guarantees nothing but spending more money.


Researching more inexpensive paint/alternatives can be a much smarter move.
I don't necessarily disagree with your comments. But! When the research you do indicates the more expensive paint is best and you still go for the less expensive alternative to save money you may end up spending more than you wanted to in he end. Ask me about a long past varnish job - gross waste of money and more important time.
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Won't hold up to UV but you use it as deck paint?
Used it on my 16' fishing boat and figured why not try. Some of us have more than one boat .

I used it as a primer on my mainship 34 before painting and eventually using a EVA foam decking.

Smelly paint but it's awesome for the $$.

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I have not figured that one out either.
We don't all have big money boats and i'd say many boats here are under 50k. I have about 30k into my Mainship 34 or about the cost of a new 20' skiff.
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The previous owner painted the bilge with an unknown product. After 5 years i am still picking out the loose paint that clogs the pumps. Recommendation: Don't paint....ugly is sometimes best.
That is exactly why I am recommending Bilge Kote paint. It costs about $80 or so a gallon. And it lasts.
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Bildge paint

I've used Jamestown Distributors, Total Boat bilge paint and their wet edge topside and have been pretty happy with both. Comes in gray or white
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