Category Archives: Boat Maintenance

Painting an Aluminum Hull with Non Antifouling Paint

When painting a boat used for hunting/fishing, such as a jon boat, typically a flat finish is desired so you’ll want to use one of our camouflage paints or Aluma Hawk. A primer coat is used to help the paint … Continue reading

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How do I choose Hawk Epoxy Catalyst and Fillers?

R1 Epoxy Resin – a smooth, low-viscosity liquid epoxy resin. With a variety of Hawk Epoxy Catalysts, it can be cured under a wide range of temperatures and environmental conditions to form a high strength plastic with superior moisture barrier characteristics. Hawk Epoxy … Continue reading

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Aluminum Hull Repairs and More

How to Fix a Leaking Seam or Rivet on Aluminum Boat As aluminum boats age they show various signs of wear and tear. One of these signs may be a leaking seam or rivet. Over time, rivets can stretched and … Continue reading

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Clear Coat My Bass Boat

Typically the clear coat on a bass boat is meant to protect the metalflake. You can choose a clear paint or clear gelcoat. Clear gelcoatis typically what bass boats use at the factory for UV protection over metalflake but gelcoat … Continue reading

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Boat Blister Repair

Just because a blister or two develops on your boat it is not a serious issue and only a small number of boats develop a big problem with blisters. Needed materials: Acetone, sanding block, Hawk Filler, acid safe disposable brushes … Continue reading

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Choosing Anodes: Zinc or Aluminum

  The main water types: salt, fresh and brackish call for different protection needs for your boat. Zinc and aluminum anodes protect in salt and brackish waters and never mix zinc and aluminum on the same vessel. Zinc= Salt Water … Continue reading

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What Varnish to Choose?

Typically a varnish is what is used to protect wood that exposed to the elements for long periods of time (think teak wood on boats). Here are the links to our varnish choices to check as well. Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss- Wood … Continue reading

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Restoring Awlgrip and Awlcraft 2000 Paint

Over time contaminants can build up and cause the finish of your Awlgrip/Awlcraft 2000paint to appear dull.  You can restore the gloss of a freshly painted boat and prevent the premature aging caused by contaminates by following these steps: Wash … Continue reading

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Choosing a Bilge Pump

What are Bilge Pumps? Bilge pumps are devices used in boats to remove unwanted water from the bilge compartment of a boat. (The bilge is the lowest compartment of the inside hull of a ship.) Whether you have a sailboat … Continue reading

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How to Clean, Restore, and Seal Teak Wood on Your Boat

Restoring your weathered teak wood is an easy 3 step process with Tip Top Teak’s premium system. Learn how to clean, brighten, and seal your teak or other wood Step 1. Cleaning Teak Wood with Crystal Deck Cleaner Getting the … Continue reading

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