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Benefits of a Fresh Coat of Paint

Paint Like a Pro David Walker Explains the Benefits of a Fresh Coat of Outboard Motor Paint

Here is a great video on the benefits of freshly painting your boat engine.... read more

Video Transcript

Hi, today I want to talk about—it’s getting late in the season, I’ve had four, I don’t know how many terms in a row, and I’m getting ready for a couple more but I’m home for a few days. Just got back from Lanier, the championship, and this gives me a few days to get my stuff repacked. And there’s a few things like working on a boat that you’ve got to do; there’s maintenance in there.

And what I’d like to do is just take a look around and see if anything’s broken or needs fixing, or anything that’s damaged. And one thing, we’ve talked about props, we’ve talked about tires, and the next thing is the lower unit.

This is where the gears are. That’s what turns the prop, it’s where the exhaust comes up, some of the motor picks up the water. And the problem with the lower unit is being down so low is it wants to hit the bottom. Like if you come into shallow places which where I like to fish a lot, lower unit’s the first thing to hit the ground so it’s easy for it to get damaged.

So you’ve got to pay attention and try not to get into too shallow water, get around those rocks, and do some damage to the propeller. But the lower unit iss as deep as it goes. It’s down two-feet below the boat so anything that’s down there, the lower unit’s going to hit it.

So it’s going to get banged up from time to time. I got a couple of pretty good size burrs on there right now from where I took off in some extra shallow water. The two things wrong with that is; one is you can cut your fingers on it just by holding on to it, and the other thing is that it creates air bubbles. When that motor’s going through the water at 70 plus mile an hour, if there’s any catch on the edge of those props or on the fins, that’s going to cause—create turbulence, it’s going to cause air bubbles. So what we’re trying to do is get rid of those bubbles.

If it’s pretty good size burr, I’ll just use a file and file them away - just smooth it down. And if the burr is not that big, then you can use some steel wool. If it is getting all messed up, and has a lot of scratches, just use a little steel wool, polish it up and then use touch-up paint, metallic, Evinrude Johnson, they also have it in white. If you’ve got an older Johnson or the Hundred Anniversary edition, use the smoke color.

So take this, spray right on and now your lower unit looks brand new.

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Outboard Motor paint video

How to Paint your Outboard Engine(Video)

See how to paint your boat drive, presented by Interlux. ... read more

Video Transcript

I'm Jim Seidel from Interlux. We're here in a boatyard looking around talking about problems people have painting the bottoms of their boat.

A couple things about Drives, this one, you can see the paint has worn away. The zincs are old and needs new paint. Give a light sanding. You don't have to sand it all the way down. Put a coat of Primocon on and two coats of Pacifica Plus. It's really good antifouling paint for aluminium outdrives or any kind of outdrive because it doesn't contain any copper. It works really well as far as antifouling protection. That will be two coats there and brushing on.

Brushing on is always better than spraying it on because you'll get a much heavier coat of paint, the paint will last longer, and they give you better antifouling protection.
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Cover Zincs when painting

Cover your Boat Zincs When Painting (Video)

The importance of covering up your zincs when painting your boat. ... read more

Video Transcript

I'm Jim Seidel from Interlux. We're here in a boatyard looking around talking about problems people have painting the bottoms of their boat.

One thing that I think is a really good practice is to cover over the zincs. Put the new zincs on and cover them over so you don't put the paint on the zincs or under the zincs. They're in good contact with the metal and you're not painting over them. They still should put some primer down before they repaint.

You can see on the back here, the antifouling worked really well except on the metal. But that is a really good practice to cover over the zinc before you paint.
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