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    Default Float Lacquer. Where to buy?

    I have been staggering around my blasted floats scraping loose paint. Out in the friggin rain and snow....
    Anyway I will soon have the bottoms clean again.

    Many years ago I used lacquer paint on my floats and it lasted a good while. Later I tried using various enamel paints and they came right off.
    I even tried rubberized tool dip once. It lasted about 10 landings and then came off in giant long sheet.

    So I need to find some good lacquer again.
    It would be nice to have black since the local lake makes the float bottoms look crappy.

    Any of you city folks have an idea where I can find some on my next trip up to Anchorage.??????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I have been staggering around my blasted floats scraping loose paint. Out in the friggin rain and snow....
    Anyway I will soon have the bottoms clean again.

    Many years ago I used lacquer paint on my floats and it lasted a good while. Later I tried using various enamel paints and they came right off.
    I even tried rubberized tool dip once. It lasted about 10 landings and then came off in giant long sheet.

    So I need to find some good lacquer again.
    It would be nice to have black since the local lake makes the float bottoms look crappy.

    Any of you city folks have an idea where I can find some on my next trip up to Anchorage.??????
    Try www.aircraft-spruce.com/menus/cs/lacquer.hmtl. May not be available in Anchorage, but it looks like really good stuff.

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    I wonder if you can darken the regular aluminum float lacquer to a color closer to black??? Our local lake makes for some cruddy looking bottoms.
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    Did you check the Gear Shed? I'm sure they'll have some antifouling paint for aluminum boats, not sure how it compares to the float lacquer.

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    Randolph Float Lacquer, Stoddards....you need a conversion coating and epoxy primer under it...

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    Alex this is where I get Float Lacquer.

    Hi-Tec Professional Paint
    2375 E 63rd Ave
    Anchorage, AK 995072046 - View Map
    Nearest landmark: Lake Otis and 63rd ave
    Phone: (907) 562-6567

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    Thanks Ernie, I will call them on Monday.

    Whomever owned my floats before me painted float lacquer over dirty bottoms, and the old float lacquer.
    So when I roughed it up and added my white paint over that, my new white paint only stuck above the water line.
    I pressure washed most of it off today and the white paint took the silver off with it. BUT, oddly enough that old original float lacquer is sticking just fine on about 90% of the bottom.

    So now they really look crappy....
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    Have some being delivered UPS. Believe it or not Stoddards was a couple bucks cheaper than Hi-Tec and Stoddards is sending it down the road for me.
    I wonder if I can make it a darker color. The supposed paint experts at a couple places I called have never use Lacquer. I suspect my boots are older than they are.
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    I've overheard some paint aficionados say that silver float lacquer is re-labeled silver dope. As in dope with silver solids added. It sure looks the same when you stir it.

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    And the can says you need to thin it 50/50 with Nitrate dope thinner.
    The plot thickens.....
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