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Refinishing hatch and port frames

We have the hatch and port frames now stripped and are going to get them refinished in the next week or so. Anyone used powder-coating, painting (Awlgrip), or anodizing for this? What offers the best combination of long-term performance and reasonable cost? I have a good price for powder-coating and waiting for quotes on painting and anodizing.

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After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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Re: Refinishing hatch and port frames

What type of hatch material? Aluminum or SS?
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Re: Refinishing hatch and port frames

Sorry, they are aluminum.

After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
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Re: Refinishing hatch and port frames

I had my hatch and port light frames re-anodized black hardcoat. I really thought they were clean...had to pick them up from plater after they were reverse stripped and get the last bit of sealant off. I am very satisfied with result after two years.

I would recommend research on powder coat...I recently read that it is permeable...Here in Florida it seems to get chalky and bubble up in short order, signs at 4 years, ready to be redone in six. It would not be my choice here, salt air is vicious, maybe lack of maintenance.

Alexseal has a Mil-Spec, strontium chromate epoxy base metal primer that can be top coated here in approx. three hours.

Awlgrip's Max-Cor metal primer, requires 17-24 hour cure window, then Hi-Build primer, overnight cure, then 545 primer, overnight cure,then topcoat.

Best of luck!
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