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Old 04-29-2002, 12:48 PM
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Question Painting Bravo Lower unit ??

I am looking to paint my lower on the Bravo....and maybe change the color. I figured i would take it down to bare metal, primer, then paint.

Is the best way to do this?? What primers/paints should i use, and where do i get them??
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What color you want?
If you stick to the phantom black, they sell it at quite a few retailers.
If you change to silver like I did, then you should go to an epoxy urethane enamel or imron for durability, I tried the good ol rustoleum, some flaked off in 1 day doing 10-15 mph so it wont last worth a damn
If you have expendable cash, might try powdercoating it, heard good things about durability.

I plan on just polishing the lower half of my drives when I get her back, hell it is aluminum, it will polish up nicely with enough time spent sanding and buffing and using different sand paper grits and polishing compound on a buffer wheel.
THen im going to clear it with a urethane
Leaving the top black

Talk to you soon Bro
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PS more prep work you do, the better the end result and more durability you will have
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I really didn't want to dissasemble the drive in order to powdercoat it.....just sand, primer, and paint while i have it off to give it a lube job. I was also thinking of going with Silver (or Purple).

Just need to know:

1.) where to find the paint / primer

2.) how to apply it....(I don't have a booth set up for painting with a spray gun).
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Then your more or less stuck then
They sell the Phantom black (mercruiser and other companies with same color) in cans
Other than that, I never saw any Imron in a can to be honest with you. Plus cans dont spray worth a $hit

I guess I take it for granted I have a gun and a compressor at my house, if your interested, bring your boat up
can tape off transom and drive, sand it all down prep it up and prime it and shoot it
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After having drives stolen, I won't paint them anymore, just leave 'em looking like hell! Hell, even the thieves don't want 'em but they look God-awful sitting on the boat lift. Same strategy with the props, the water stain and occasional "schmearing" makes them an unappealing target. Just a thought.
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Do a search on this topic. There was a lot written about it the last year or so. Personally, I repainted my entire drive last year. It was pearl orange when I bought it, wouldn't look too good on a blue and white boat. I had to pretty much strip the whole thing down to bare aluminum. I do NOT recommend glass beading or sandblasting when you do this - far too easy for grit to find its way inside the drive! I then primed it with Dupont DP90 epoxy primer, and then sprayed it with gloss black Imron. Result: a durable, deep gloss black finish. It even survived a high speed impact with a submerged log without a scratch!
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