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. A primer coat is used to help the paint adhere to the aluminum surface and provides an extra layer of protection from corrosion. Or use Aluma Hawk, which is a paint and primer in one.
When using the Camouflage Paint Spray Kit or Duralux Camouflage Paint on bare aluminum apply two coats of Duralux Zinc Chromate . If using the Aluminum Boat Paint Green or Aluma Hawk (available in Black, Jon Boat Green, Blue, Sand or Aluminum Grey), these serve as paint and primer in one. For more application details see our ‘how to paint an aluminum jon boat’ article. This should be used when you desire a dull flat finish.
If you desire a gloss finish, look to the Duralux Marine Enamel or Super Marine paints for other options. Duralux High Gloss Marine Enamel is affordable, easy to apply and only recommended for above the waterline or moderate use on the bottom (a day or so in the water, not extended periods). This topside paint works best in very thin coats; see the prep recommendations found on product page on “how to use” tab. For aluminum application apply one coat of Duralux Zinc Chromate M739, Top with two full coats of Duralux Marine Enamel. The enamel works well thinned with M650 by Duralux.
You also have a choice from Top Secret Coatings Paints that can be used above or below the waterline and come in a few different styles. The TS-100 Silicone Epoxy is a great option if you want to brush or roll the paint. It is easy to work with, holds its color well, and outshines some more expensive coatings. Another option, Supreme Urethane, is super durable and will endure the toughest of conditions and the only paint recommended for extended periods under water. Both of these paints are also available in your choice of sheen: satin or gloss. Click on “view more” for the paint and use the Specification and How To Use tabs for detailed instructions, coverage and preparation on any of the product pages. For aluminum application see details on each product page for the primer process. When priming aluminum use either Top Secret Coatings Etching Primer (TS 664D) or TS-780 Mono Epoxy Primer.
You have many options when painting aluminum. Your use of the boat, allotted budget, and amount of time you want to spend on the project may help determine the right paint for you. For more information see our ‘topside boat paint options’.