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How To Paint A Pontoon Boat

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Important Tips Regarding How To Paint A Pontoon Boat

Before you can start painting your pontoon, you should protect yourself from the dangerous chemicals that you will be working with during the painting process. You should wear the following protective gear:

- Safety goggles

- Gloves

- Respirator

1) Take the pontoon boat out of the water into an area that is large enough and that has an adequate supply of fresh air. You should then let it dry up completely, before starting any work on it.

2) Sand away the existing painting: Remember to use the correct sand paper grit to remove the debris and dirt that has collected on the bottom of the boat. For aluminum pontoons, you should use a sandpaper with 60-120 grit level. Sand the pontoon until it doesn’t have any rough spots or rust on it.

3) Check the pontoon for any hidden damage: If you find any damage, repair it before continuing with the painting process.

4) Apply a latex primer: You should apply several coats of the primer, and let each coat dry up completely before adding another coat. The pontoon should be in a covered area to prevent any dust from settling on the primer before it dries up. You should ensure that the primer is applied evenly. You should use a primer that has color that contrasts that of your pontoon. This will help you in identifying any surfaces of the pontoon that you have not applied a primer.  

5) Apply the color coat: You should apply several coats of the color coat and ensure that each coat has completely dried up before adding another coat on top of it. Adding a coat before the previous coat has completely dried up causes the paint to form wrinkles. This decreases the protection provided by the paint. You should apply light coats of paint since these dry faster. Thick coats take a longer time to dry up and give an ugly finish.

6)  Apply a clear coat: This is a transparent paint that gives a deep brilliance that cannot be achieved by using an all in one paint. The clear coat intensifies the color of the color coat, and provides abrasion resistance, and protects the color from sunlight.

Important Facts About Painting The Bottom Of A Pontoon Boat

When a pontoon boat is in the water for an extended period of time, marine life tends to grow on its bottom. To discourage this, the pontoon’s bottom is painted with an anti-fouling paint. The anti-fouling paints contain a biocide that leaches slowly from the paint, this prevents marine life from attaching to bottom of the pontoon. A surface that has been painted with anti-fouling paint is toxic to clinging organisms.

The anti-fouling paints are of various types some work better in fresh water, others in salty water. Some of the anti-fouling paints are more effective in cold water, others in warm water.

When painting an aluminum pontoon, you should be careful on the type anti-fouling paint that you use. Most of the biocides used in anti-fouling paints are copper-based and the combination of aluminum and copper produces an electrolytic reaction that destroys the aluminum.

However, anti-fouling paints that contain copper thiocyonate (copper compound that doesn't react with aluminum) as a biocide do not damage aluminum pontoons.

The five major types of anti-fouling paint these include:

a) Sloughing

b) Ablative

c) Vinyl

d) Modified Epoxy

e) Co-polymer

Most of the anti-fouling paints (with the exception of co-polymer anti-fouling paints) must be reapplied every spring because they lose their effectiveness after one year,

Most anti-fouling paints (with the exception of co-polymer anti-fouling paints) react with air, this destroys their biocide. As a result if a pontoon hauled from the water and its bottom is allowed to dry out, its anti-fouling paint will lose its effectiveness.

How to Paint the Aluminum Siding of a Pontoon Boat

1) Wear the protective gear listed above to protect you from the dangerous chemicals.

2) Sand away the old paint using and medium grit sandpaper and a power sander.

3) Wash the aluminum using a "self-etching" aluminum cleaner.

4) Prime the siding using a latex primer that can be sprayed with a paint sprayer.

5) Use a light grit sand paper to sand the primed surface.

6) Use a paint sprayer to apply a marine enamel paint (apply several coats to achieve the desired results).

How To Paint A Vinyl Siding Of A Pontoon Boat

1) Use water and soap to hand scrub the vinyl siding and make sure that you have thoroughly rinsed it. Allow it to dry completely.

2) Apply a urethane acrylic paint on the vinyl siding. You should use even, smooth strokes that move lengthwise down the vinyl siding. Apply several light coats to achieve the best results.

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