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The Bilge is Clean!

After two weekends of drying, cleaning and painting, the bilge is clean and dry. I'm sure it won't stay dry for long, but at least I got a good coat of paint on it.

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Looks great, but if the keel bolts and nuts are stainless they should not be painted. Exposed stainless doesn't corrode.
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I am envious! Congrats.

My bilge is as deep as a basement, I have to pull the motor (which is on tap anyway) to get mine to look like yours...

Nice job!
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Looks great, but if the keel bolts and nuts are stainless they should not be painted. Exposed stainless doesn't corrode.
Does painted stainless corrode?
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Stainless that is exposed to moisture (as in a bilge or chainplates buried in a deck) without oxygen exposure are subject to crevice corrosion. Stainless in open air gets an oxide on the surface and corrodes no further.
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That looks great, but (as others have pointed out) get the paint OFF of the keel bolts.

What is that wire?

I've been working on a similar project. If interested, look here.
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I just did mine also. A little wire brush on those bolts should fix them up fine.
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Looks good, gives me inspiration to do mine.
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Nice job. Now you have a cool place to store wine???

Maybe the bolts are galvanized instead?

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keel bolts and nuts are stainless they should not be painted.
Thats the funniest come-back ever.

Makes you want to have left the grunge down there and gone to the bar for 2 weekends!

Whatcha doing next weekend? LOL

The bilges do look good



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