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Bilge paint: any brands to favor or avoid?

Short version: What is the best brand of bilge paint to buy? Are there any brands that are particularly terrible and need to be avoided?

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My Tartan has outstanding paint on all parts of the interior fiberglass that I've been able to inspect so far. I don't know if it's original from when the boat was built in 1979 or if some previous owner did a meticulous job of repainting everything.

I'm doing a few projects that involved sanding down to the FRP to get a good epoxy bond, so I'll need to repaint areas. I want to make sure that what I apply is at least as good as what's already there.

I've seen lots of videos with people dealing with crappy bilge paint flaking off due to age. Comparing that to what's in my boat, I'm led to believe that some bilge paints are significantly better than others.

So, that's the question. What brand should should I buy? What experience have people had with specific products?
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Paint in the bilge can result in paint flakes/pieces in the bilge pump. My bilge not painted nor do I intend to paint it.
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I am a fan of Bilge Kote. With good prep and application it is incredibly durable. At least that has been my experience.

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Rustoleum. Been using it for 25yrs. One of the cheapest paints on the market and I've never seen it flake.
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Rustoleum. Been using it for 25yrs. One of the cheapest paints on the market and I've never seen it flake.
Is that a lasdrop GEN 2 I see?????
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Is that a lasdrop GEN 2 I see?????
Yes it is. nothing in my bilge but dust
Super easy installation
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Yes it is. nothing in my bilge but dust
Super easy installation
Getting one installed this month!

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Getting one installed this month!

Hope you are as happy with it as we are.
Once you have the shaft flange off, it is a 10 minute installation.
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Re: Bilge paint: any brands to favor or avoid?

One caveat about bilge coatings-- do not assume that the factory painted it.
Our present boat, built by Ericson Yachts, and our prior boat, built by Hinterhoeller yachts, both have their bilge areas gel-coated.
Because it was brushed on, probably with some wax added for curing, it is not a shiny slick surface. It's more of a mat surface finish.

I like it because with some roughing up with 40 grit I can epoxy other parts to it for full strength.

You might find that your interior "hidden" surfaces are also poly gel coat.

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Re: Bilge paint: any brands to favor or avoid?

I don't think it matters which bilge paint you choose, if you've done the prep correctly. There can be everything from wax to oil on your bilge paint or the glass itself and all that's gotta go before you paint, or you will end up with a bigger mess than you started with.

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