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I’ve been thinking about painting or clear coating my aluminum frame. Not looking to powder coat it. Just want to see what boater have used to paint frames and have had success with.

I’ve been researching painting aluminum on the net. I’ve found the prep to be the biggest part to painting aluminum successfully. Any suggestions or tips on aluminum prep is greatly appreciated.

Also, anyone have experience painting aluminum with Diamond Clear (from Eastwood) or Flexcote colored paint (from Por-15)? Just wanted to see if anyone has used these products for their frames. Wondering how they did it and how the paint is standing up to abuse?
 

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Try POR-20 (from POR-15) aluminum primer.

I used their Hardnose paint. It seems to hold up great to strap chafing and UV, but does abrade just a bit all summer on shuttle trailer rides--between the frame and raft tubes.

Aluminum is a bugger to paint. make sure you scuff sand, sandblast, or chemical etch it to give you more surface area for the paint to bond to.
 

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Is this to prevent black marks on your raft or to customize with color? I've used a urethane tape designed for moto-x on the bottom of my raw aluminum frame with success thus far to keep the black marks away.
 

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Is this to prevent black marks on your raft or to customize with color? I've used a urethane tape designed for moto-x on the bottom of my raw aluminum frame with success thus far to keep the black marks away.
Spenceuiur its a little of both. I've sealed one frame with krylon clear before and liked the finish of the raw aluminum look. It lasted about a season and had to redo it. Just wondering what others have tried and had success with.
 
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