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Old 05-09-2016, 09:00 AM   #1
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To paint or not to paint, that is the question

I finished the cut and fit of new 5052 sheet aluminum to fill the void left by the installation of new, but reduced-size pilothouse windows. I sent photos to Cardude and OCdiver for their opinions on whether to paint the new aluminum or leave it bare. So far it's one vote for and one against. What do you guys think?
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:13 AM   #2
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That looks very nice as is. Surely you can find something else to spurce up
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Looks good. Give it a year or two and it will be a flat grey. Are you able to send it off to have it anodized? Otherwise, I'd hit it with some Sharkhide to keep it lookin purrdy.
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Greetings,
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:07 AM   #5
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leave it alone unless you want to increase your maintenance work.
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Old 05-09-2016, 11:09 AM   #6
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Unless you can properly prepare and prime in a controlled environment, paint on aluminum will not last.
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It looks great, Larry! I vote leave it for now. Paint it later if necessary.
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It's going to corrode. I'd use something like Zoop Seal as a protective coating if you decide to leave it bare...

ZoopSeal Protective Sealer Kits 9550R - Free Shipping on Orders Over $99 at Summit Racing

Google for lots of info.

Even Powdercoat over aluminum will corrode if there'a any break in the surface finish.
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Vinyl wrap it ? :
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Think it looks fine know. The oxidation grey doesn't look bad if the whole area is the same color. Think the grey will look a little odd with white windows and white below it.

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Otherwise, I'd hit it with some Sharkhide to keep it lookin purrdy.
Small hijack. Sorry. Any one tries this for keeping SS up?
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Vinyl wrap it ? :
Actually, Marty, you're not far from the other option we discussed. If I leave it as is, later I could slap on some boot-stripe vinyl tape in any color.
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I'd paint but what ever you decide, WOW. What a great job. Any more pictures?
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If they are easy enough to remove you can have 'em powder coated a nice white to math the rest of the boat.

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If they are easy enough to remove you can have 'em powder coated a nice white to math the rest of the boat.
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Yeah, I'm making sure it will stay easy with butyl rubber, just in case. My local powder coater says he's 6 weeks out though.
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Polish it to a high shine and then ceramic clear coat it.
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I'd paint but what ever you decide, WOW. What a great job. Any more pictures?
Yeah, when I finish the instalation I'll put the other pics in the "Project" thread right here on TF.

Bill, I'll have to look into that ceramic clear coat. Sounds nice.
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Photoshop it blue and see how it looks!!! Just curious.

BUT...I love the look of it as is!!! If you can preserve that without the oxidation that would be awesome. No clue what American Airlines used to preserve their aluminum finished aircraft but you may look into that.

Related but not very useful trivia: AMerican started painting their airplanes because the 787 is carbon fiber and not aluminum.
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Whatever you choose Larry do yourself a favor and do it this weekend. Florida weather is going to make your choice for you if you wait too long. Prep is king.
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Yeah, when I finish the instalation I'll put the other pics in the "Project" thread right here on TF.

Bill, I'll have to look into that ceramic clear coat. Sounds nice.
On the last Broward I ran we had the aluminum rub rails and cleats polished out and then clear coated. They came out looking a lot like polished like SS.
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