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Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby MeatDog » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:20 pm

Had my boat sandblasted and have since sprayed painted it. My registration numbers from a boat decal website will not stick to the side. I'm guessing because its too rough.

Anyone had this problem this before? I've considered sanding the area and repainting or adding multiple coats to the area to try and smooth it out.

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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby mudpack » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:44 pm

If the roughness is truly the problem, give the area 3 or 4 coats of paint. Allow it to dry completely. Then wet sand until the paint is smooth....400 grit wet/dry paper would be ideal for this.
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby MeatDog » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:36 pm

Thanks, i'll give it a try
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby CountryRN » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:32 pm

I had issues with sticking numbers to my boat after repainting it also. I used ms word to print out the numbers in a font that I liked. Then used blue painters tape to tape off a section of the boat where the letters should go. Put the printed template over the tape and used an exacto knife to cut the numbers out through the tape. Shoot with the color spray paint of your choice. It took a little time but I don't have to worry about the sticker numbers peeling off.
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby T Man » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:25 am

CountryRN wrote:I had issues with sticking numbers to my boat after repainting it also. I used ms word to print out the numbers in a font that I liked. Then used blue painters tape to tape off a section of the boat where the letters should go. Put the printed template over the tape and used an exacto knife to cut the numbers out through the tape. Shoot with the color spray paint of your choice. It took a little time but I don't have to worry about the sticker numbers peeling off.
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I did close to the same thing. I painted a green down, laid my numbers and letters out, then painted my whole boat tan. Once it was done, I pulled off the vinyl and had numbers I never have to worry about.
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby okie_duck » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:36 am

You need to wash the fresh paint with a degreaser. The un-cured chemicals in most paints will keep the #'s from sticking. Also make sure that the temp is above 50 degrees. The warmer the better.
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby MeatDog » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:52 am

Thanks okie, I'll try to use the degreaser. I already bought the decals for $40 or I would paint them on. The decals were camo and just too cool to pass up :smile:
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby Boatman » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:06 am

MeatDog wrote:Thanks okie, I'll try to use the degreaser. I already bought the decals for $40 or I would paint them on. The decals were camo and just too cool to pass up :smile:


Hope your boat is not camo,Mr.Greenjeans won't like that. Numbers must be of contrasting colors. Post them up so we can see when you get them on.
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby MeatDog » Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:57 pm

Finally got the decals on. Thanks for the tip on wet sanding. it took several tries but i got it.

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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby mudpack » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:37 am

Those numbers look sweet. Where'd you get them??
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Re: Smoothing pitted aluminum

Postby MeatDog » Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:44 pm

waterfowldecals.com, a little pricey but I had to have 'em
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