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Anyone painted their anchor rode to mark chain at specific intervals? What kind of paint did you use? WM does not show anything for that purpose.
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I painted my chain every 30 feet. First 30 I made one mark and then two marks at 60, 3 at 90. I used a orange red paint used for auto engines just because I had it in the garage. I did clean the chain with muratic acid first. I do not know how it will hold up. I was actually repainting it. It has worked well but was wearing faint.
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Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

Regular rustoleum paint works well enough, spray or brush.
No matter what you put on it won't last more than a couple years so it's pointless to get expensive.

Make the marks at least 6 inches long and add tie wraps so you have something to 'see'/'feel' at night.
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Rode or chain?

Rode I don't have, but chain I mark every ten meters, thirty feet, with colored cable ties. They are fine for a year or so then I add to them, or replace the dirty ones (yellow on the ICW turns ICW colored brown!)



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model airplane dope...or swipe your wifes nail polish. After several years it still shows up OK. BILL

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Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

I've never seen paint last very long and mud totally obscures it, if you don't clean it well. Tie wraps seem to last a year or two, but always concern me that they will hang up on the windlass.

I bought these a couple of years back and just haven't gotten around to installing them. Believe it or not, our BVI charter had them.

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Paint to mark anchor chain?

I have tie wraps but some how I never see them going down....
I'll try rust oleum Thanks.
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Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

I am a full time liveaboard on the hook 98% of the time. I have tried several different paints [ not model dope or nail varnish ] but nothing survives long on a sandy bottom. Sometimes after just one month almost all is gone.

Cable ties work well and that is what I am curently using. I use different colours double them up and replace annually.

What lasts longest is nylon string. Knots to show the length. But they are hard to see esp at night.
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I've used cable ties in the past and they worked well. I have not added them to my new chain yet, yet another item for my never ending todo list
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Re: Paint to mark anchor chain?

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Regular rustoleum paint works well enough, spray or brush.
No matter what you put on it won't last more than a couple years so it's pointless to get expensive.

Make the marks at least 6 inches long and add tie wraps so you have something to 'see'/'feel' at night.
What he said. I tried other markers, but the windlass didn't like them.

A box can make the job neater:
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