prepping and painting outdrives

RansnanRansnan Essex MDPosts: 73Member ✭✭
Getting ready to paint my Bravo 3 outdrives for the first time, we bought the our 2003 342 last spring, and it was already painted, whats your tricks and tips for cleaning and painting? i want to try and avoid those pesky Barnacles as much as possible.

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  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,581Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Are you looking to clean to the bare metal?  If so, CO2 or soda blasting is a nice and non-damaging method.

    There is a nice post on here about prepping and painting.  Prep is critical for painting over aluminum.

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • J3ffJ3ff Posts: 1,830Member ✭✭✭✭
    I just lightly sanded mine....not to the bare metal, same for the bottom of the boat, but I have the yard do that job...
  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTPosts: 2,001Member ✭✭✭✭

    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 5,234Member, Moderator mod
    Yep, renee posted the good stuff.  I keep mine on the lift, so I just touch up with the phantom black each year.   

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • craigswardmtbcraigswardmtb Mystic, CTPosts: 1,006Member ✭✭✭
    I scuff sand the factory paint and brush on Pacifica Plus. It works great for our waters in CT/RI. If you only go with the factory paint your drive will likeky be fouled in no time. 
  • laureniac1laureniac1 Kirtland ohioPosts: 210Member ✭✭✭
    I used the quicksilver phantom black paint and it is WONDERFUL! I can't remember the primer I used. Just knock off the putting with some sand paper prime and paint. The phantom black is like factory new you will be happy.
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 2,292Member ✭✭✭✭
    I've been using Trilux 33 antifoul on my drives. easy application from a spray can. Keeps them clean all summer. 
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • RansnanRansnan Essex MDPosts: 73Member ✭✭
    Do you still use primer? The drives aren't really bad. Just was gonna sand a little, and paint
  • 06Rinker27006Rinker270 Washington, DCPosts: 1,173Member ✭✭✭
    edited March 2017
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