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Has anyone used boat bottom paint anywhere on their truck?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by garlicbreath, Mar 16, 2007.

  1. garlicbreath

    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    I was at the marine store the other day and noticed a quart of boat bottom paint was at least 2 or 3 times heavier than a quart of topside paint, so it must have some extra additives in it, and it's designed to take a pretty good beating from the water and junk.

    I was wondering if it would be a decent option for axles and whatnot?
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    Well, now I've heard it all on here... :haha: Never would I have thought someone would be thinking of this... :bow:

    As someone who's seen and played with more bottom paint than I care to remember, ummm, I don't know what to think... :doah: :haha:

    It would certainly keep the barnacles off!

    Off the top of my head, I'd say it would be a bad choice... First of all, it's nasty, nasty stuff... toxic as he!!... It's heavy cause it's loaded with copper...

    usually pretty expensive....

    not particularly UV friendly, depending on brand, etc... Most will chalk up when exposed to long periods of sun.. Then it rubs off to a certain extent.. Ya run your hand over it and it will be on your hand..

    ablative bottom paint would be worse than non, it's designed to wear away..

    I mean it's pretty tough stuff, but I'd say for a vehicle undercarriage, you'd be better off with a standard urethane paint...
     
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    you would need to boatside your rock sliders for it to work effectively ;)
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    hehe, nice... can't believe I missed that one... :bow:

    You'd be all set for those week long river crossings... :wink1:
     
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    ArrrrH Ye barnacle heads!... Thar be no slimy creatures of the deep taking up quarters on my bottomside
     
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    I didn't know what it was or how it's formulated. I was just thinking it must be pretty tough paint to deal with the friction of the water.
     
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    Petersens tried using boat paint on a bronco a couple years ago. The way it is applied leaves a non-gloss, not very smooth finish. Like was said earlier it will chalk up in the sun and look like crap. Its main purpose is to keep sea creatures from calling the bottom of your boat home.
     
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    No need to justify, definitely thinking outside the box, and thats a good thing..

    In this case it just might not be a great idea... It's certainly a thick, durable coating... I just think the UV gig would hammer it...
     
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    Thats why I was thinking diff covers, axles, tie rods, stuff that takes a beating, but SHOULDN'T get uv exposure unless you just can't flip your junk back over.
     
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    I guess it may have some potential..... Most dry like a rock and stick damn good... It's certainly thick...

    And actually they do vary alot in price depending on brand.. Epoxy Cop is pretty cheap... Man that sh*t stinks!
     
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    Just go to Tractor Supply and buy Tractor plow and implement paint it is really thick and durable
     
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    I'll take Imron myself over any straight enamel....
     

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