My 24-foot Bayliner Trophy is powered by a 5.7 Volvo. We discovered I had a leaking u-joint bellows on the outdrive and had saltwater damage to the u-joints and outdrive. Those pieces are almost all back together but we needed to pull the engine to check and ultimately replace the seals and bearings on out-put shaft coming out of the bell housing on the back of the engine. With the engine on a stand I am taking advantage of this opportunity to remove rust and re-paint everything that needs attention.
Like just about all Bayliner Volvos - this engine has a "San Juan Engineering" heat exchanger on the fresh water cooling system. The paint surface was pretty sketchy and it needs to be re-painted so now that I have he existing paint removed I see that it is made of brass and I have no experience painting brass. What is necessary for priming brass so a high gloss enamel will stick? I plan to also check with the local mechanics but have found that a lot of them have never actually done paint restoration work on marine engines or their components. They can swap-out broken or worn-out parts just fine with new but leave painting to the owners.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.