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    Hey you guys, so some of you know, or may recall, that I've been kicking around the idea of painting my Grumman Sport Boat from the blue it is now to a camp for waterfowl hunting/float hunting etc. (Mostly ducks.) I've started various threads over the past year on this. With my mom's illness and her passing, I put it on the back burner, but, with the snow gone, it's go time.

    I've decided to leave the primer and blue paint on the boat. My original plan was to strip it all to bare metal and start over from scratch, but the current paint sticks so well, and is in such great condition, I'm going to save myself that work and cost (mostly the cost) and sand the entire boat with 320 grit and just paint over it.

    I'm looking at using the Hunter Specialties brand camo paint. http://www.hunterspec.com/content/permanent-camo-paint in Marsh Grass Tan. Has anyone used this here in Alaska and can give a comment on how well it has worked out? Does this stuff shoot easily in an automotive type paint sprayer (siphon cup)? How well did it stick to your boat? How long did the paint hold up before needing repainting or touch up? Does the Marsh Grass Tan color work well up here? Any ideas on how much are a rattle can covers compared to the qt & gal cans?

    PS: this stuff is WAAYY cheaper than the NAPA automotive line paint ($438 for 1/2 gal compared to $65/gal for the HS paint at Cabela's)

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    I advise not to make this into a big project, or expensive, its just not worth it. the boat will be drug around, banged off trees and tailgates, and covered with mud, branches etc. you have a good base paint, a light sanding will help, then wipe it down with viniger, a mild acid, which will put more of a profile on the existing surface. keep your eyes open at lowes, HD, and other paint stores for their mis matched paints.a flat exterior latex in a color that you like, and get a assortment of camo colors. the latex will adhear very well, and is cheap, sometimes as much as a couple bucks a can. paint away, i like to spray since i have the set up, but brush or roller will be fine. save the paint where it won't freeze in winter, and next year you can modify your camo pattern depending on where the scrapes and stratches are. this stuff works great for ducks boats, really. Bud
    Wasilla

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    • #3
      I would suggest Parker duck boat paint. I have used it and HS paint, and IMO it is far superior. It should be about the same price as the HS and I would check with Cabelas as I have bought it there in the lower 48. Bud's advice is also a good alternative.

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      • #4
        Thanks for yall's replies. I'm hoping to buy paint already local, so as to avoid the hazmat shipping to AK.

        I have yet another snag. I had planed on buying the 3M vinyl and covering from gunwales to waterline. I intended on buying from a source that AKBlackdawg suggested last year. Last year, the cost was $210. Today, it's $320 plus shipping. So, it's starting to look like I will have to paint the entire camo pattern myself. =(

        So NOW I need some input on how to plan that pattern for Alaska's environment. At present, I know I'm going to paint the entire boat, inside and out, in a solid, flat tan. Where to go from there, I don't know.

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        • #5
          A buddy of mine is painting a sea duck boat in the lower 48. He had to order paint directly from Parkers, and the paint is made so it isn't Hazmat. He was surprised. He saved money buying directly from parker, even with shipping.

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          • #6
            Just paint it all beige then take rattle cans to it.


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            • #7
              Originally posted by kwackkillncrew View Post
              Just paint it all beige then take rattle cans to it.


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              I do plan to paint the whole thing "beige" (tan, marsh grass, dead grass, whatever.) I'm just unsure of how to go about "taking a rattle can to the rest of it" and still getting a decent result.

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              • #8
                IT'S JUST A DUCK BOAT, DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL. Bud
                Wasilla

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FL2AK-Old Town View Post
                  I do plan to paint the whole thing "beige" (tan, marsh grass, dead grass, whatever.) I'm just unsure of how to go about "taking a rattle can to the rest of it" and still getting a decent result.
                  My buddy in Delaware used rattle cans to paint is 1452 John boat. Still going strong after 3 seasons now. The only reason he went with the parker paint on his sea duck boat was due to the salt water. Like Bud says, it aint got to be beautiful.

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                  • #10


                    about the best picture of my duck boat. make a reed stencil out of card board and just place it different directions and make lines its easy. trust me dont spend time on it guarentee its going to be beat up and dinged after one hunt. plus your going to have weeds and grass you throw all over it any ways. this is comming from 20 years of experience with duck boats.
                    I will never be a "Prostaffer" its not that I am not good enough
                    but its because I refuse to pimp products for free.

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                    • #11
                      Black, tan and brown. Just paint it up like a lighter version of a BDU pattern, aka brown camo (or as drake calls it, the old school pattern).
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by duckslayer56 View Post
                        Black, tan and brown. Just paint it up like a lighter version of a BDU pattern, aka brown camo (or as drake calls it, the old school pattern).
                        What Drake calls "Old School" camo is not "BDU" camo. BDU camo is what was on the 1990's era GI uiforms. I can paint BDU camo 1/2 way decent; I used to do it to deuce and a halfs. Drake's "Old School" camo is what the Marines wore on their helmets in the Pacific during WWII. So, of those two, to which are you referring?

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                        • #13
                          Here is a pic of my old airboat that I painted with several colors of mis-matched colors from Lowes, the next season it showed a lot of scratches, just did a little spot painting, and good as new. Bud


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                          • #14
                            I don't even cut stencils. A old piece of fast grass about 8" wide and 16" tall, tape a paint stick to the bottom for a handle and have at it. Over the years I've used cattails, pine bows, corn stalks, willow branches, birch branches...or a combination of them.....whatever you use, just make it easy on yourself.....if its a duck boat, you'll be repainting it soon anyway

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lane View Post
                              I don't even cut stencils. A old piece of fast grass about 8" wide and 16" tall, tape a paint stick to the bottom for a handle and have at it. Over the years I've used cattails, pine bows, corn stalks, willow branches, birch branches...or a combination of them.....whatever you use, just make it easy on yourself.....if its a duck boat, you'll be repainting it soon anyway
                              Thanks, Lane. I was going to ask what would be the best plants and leaves to use as stencils. I may go round to Micheal's Arts & Crafts and buy a bunch of different fake/silk plant parts, and use those as stencils. (So, I'd hold a fake cat tail to the side of the boat and blast it with paint.)

                              In doing it that way, would I still use Marsh Grass/tan as my base coat color (Paint the entire boat tan first, then use other colors for the plant stencils)?

                              I made significant progress on the paint stripping process yesterday, and should be ready to start buying paint this time next week.

                              By the way, I noticed that there is a Rustoleum "camo" paint product in the rattle cans at Home Depot for1/3 less the cost of the HS Specialties brand at Cabela's; anyone ever use that stuff or can make a comparison as far as quality and durability of the finished product?

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