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Best paint for windshield frame? Looking for suggestions


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Hi All!!

I need to cleanup my windshield frame (black) on my 99 Response Lx.

I know everyone likely gets it powder coated but I dont have time for that.  Has anyone painted the frame themselves? If so, what kind of paint did you use and how did you apply?

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4 minutes ago, footndale said:

Prep work is everything on quality paint jobs.

And good primer is everything on aluminum.  If you can find zinc chromate any more, use it as a primer coat.

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14 hours ago, footndale said:

Good quality auto paint.

If you don't have time, Rust-Oleum.

Prep work is everything on quality paint jobs.

 

14 hours ago, justgary said:

And good primer is everything on aluminum.  If you can find zinc chromate any more, use it as a primer coat.

Thanks!!!  I will give it a try.

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37 minutes ago, tassaly81 said:

 

Thanks!!!  I will give it a try.

If you can't find a chromate primer, go to a machine shop and ask them to apply a chem film coating for you.  They may know this as Alodine, Iridite, Bonderite, or Alochrom.  Paint, powder coat, etc. will not adhere properly without a good primer coat, and this is the gold standard on aluminum.

You should do all the prep work like sanding to bare metal and completely covering *everything* else in the boat first with plastic.  If I were going to refurb my whole windshield, I would strongly consider removing it from the boat and carefully removing the glass so I could do it right.  At that point, you could use a chemical paint stripper to help get all of the old coating off.  Your new finish will only look as good as your prep, so take your time.

Since I wasn't sure if you could still do chromate conversion coatings in Canada, I checked to make sure and this place popped up.  They are in Vancouver, so at least you know you can take a road trip if you can't find someone local.

http://www.sti-coatings.com/chromate.html

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4 minutes ago, justgary said:

If you can't find a chromate primer, go to a machine shop and ask them to apply a chem film coating for you.  They may know this as Alodine, Iridite, Bonderite, or Alochrom.  Paint, powder coat, etc. will not adhere properly without a good primer coat, and this is the gold standard on aluminum.

You should do all the prep work like sanding to bare metal and completely covering *everything* else in the boat first with plastic.  If I were going to refurb my whole windshield, I would strongly consider removing it from the boat and carefully removing the glass so I could do it right.  At that point, you could use a chemical paint stripper to help get all of the old coating off.  Your new finish will only look as good as your prep, so take your time.

Since I wasn't sure if you could still do chromate conversion coatings in Canada, I checked to make sure and this place popped up.  They are in Vancouver, so at least you know you can take a road trip if you can't find someone local.

http://www.sti-coatings.com/chromate.html

Amazing insight!  thanks you so much.  This is very helpful!

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I would seriously avoid taking the windshield apart unless you have experience doing so or have a replacement handy.   
 

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I am having excellent results with Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint.  The proof has been:  anodized my swim platform brackets which lasted all of a few months of dipping in our lake water.  Not wanting to spend time on a lark I though wtf, I'll try this stuff.  Works great, going on three years and still looks good.  I also sprayed a couple of aluminum parts that are constantly in the water and subject to lake water, still look great after several years.  As noted, good surface prep is a key.  A key will be how well any coating holds up to the cover rubbing in it, can't give good feedback on that side of how well the 2X will do.

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I had the same issue with a 2002 Response. I taped off, sanded until all paint was gone (120), used scotch pad to scuff up any part that was shiny. Cleaned with thinner on a rag, light prime and light paint. Painted over a couple of times after paint flashed. 2 years and looks great.

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