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Cool painting bilge? why not?

I have no boat, just a compelling curiosity.
Would painting a bilge and or engine compartment have any bad results?
Would epoxy(two part), deck paint, or gelcoat be best or worst.
Hopefully it would make the bilge easier to clean even it it did make all the
mess stand out. Would it encourage or discourage water in hull fiberglass?
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Re: painting bilge? why not?

best to use a bilge coating a special paint for the bilge
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Re: painting bilge? why not?

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Re: painting bilge? why not?

Danboline has been covering up grot and grime for many a year including my bilges and locker interiors.

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Re: painting bilge? why not?

The biggest problem with painting an engine room (compartment) is getting it clean enough for the paint to adhere. Especially if using a 2 part, if it doesn't adhere, it may come up in pieces that can clog pumps and limber holes.
But nothing looks nicer than clean, painted bilges and engine room.
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Re: painting bilge? why not?

I have been painting and cleaning up the bilge and engine room areas for a while now and still not done. I can tell you that just like painting a room in the house, it can have a very satisfying result. Not only is it clean and pretty to look at, but you're more likely to spot a problem, whether it be an oil/fuel leak, water leak, etc. when its clean.

When I re-powered this Spring I painted everything I could while the old engine was out, including sanding and painting the engine bed. To a somewhat obsessive degree that I even painted where it would be covered by sound/heat insulation

Its true you need to be sure to prep well first. Because the boat was on the hard, I placed a bucket on the ground to catch and harmful chemicals that the bilge pump discharged when I rinsed it down, then discarded of it properly. I don't think this would be as easily done if on the water? Everything was wiped down with acetone IIRCC prior to paint.

As far as paints and application; I used Interlux Bilgekote (grey) and rolled it on for most of it using a 4" roller, cutting in areas with a brush first. In areas low in the bilge where water may settle I used Interlux 2 part Barrier Coat (grey)(yup, I always have about 1 cup of water in the bilge/pump area for several reasons). For the engine bed I think I used a heat resistant spray paint (white) from a local hardware store that would adhere to FG.

I have pictures somewhere but cant find the before and after shots, sorry.
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