For hunting duck, and other water fowl, there are plenty of advantages that come from keeping your boat hidden. With simple equipment and an application process that anyone can make use of, you will be able to ensure that your aluminum boat is able to enjoy a professionally done and effective camouflage pattern. Learning how to paint your own boat will give you everything you need to enjoy your next hunt, and save on the cost associated with hiring a professional to do the work for you.
Choosing your pattern should be the first step in the process. When it comes to hunting water fowl most commonly found in marsh lands and shallow water, reed patterns are very popular. You should have no trouble finding the patterns you are in search of at your local outdoor or sporting good store, should you have difficulty finding the right one you may also consider searching online for greater inventory selections from which to make your choice.
Ensuring that your boat is able to be placed in a dry work space that will be out of the way, you should flip it over for easier access. Balancing the hull on cinder blocks or auto jacks will ensure you are able to reach the top lip for a complete paint job. Once the hull is safely secured in an upside down position, you should go about cleaning and drying it as thoroughly as possible, any dirt or grease left will compromise the effectiveness of the painting process, so make sure you spend plenty of effort on the stage.
Apply a coat of aluminum grade marine primer. This important undercoat will allow the pain to adhere to the hull more successfully. Once this has been done, paint the entire hull with the base color, this will typically be the lightest color used in the pattern, canned spray paint should be effective provided you apply it in long sweeping stroked and ensure the coat is of proper thickness.
After the base coat has been allowed sufficient time to dry, with a gloved hand apply the stencil for your camo pattern and begin paining the secondary color. For effective lines and a greater reed-like natural appearance the patterns should be close together, often overlapping. Allowing the secondary color time to dry completely should complete the process and leave you with a newly camouflaged hull and boat.
With the right materials and information you can apply the camouflage patterns and paint to your aluminum boat and save on the cost of labor that a professional would be in a position to charge you. With a quality job, you will have a boat that can give you a superior hunting experience for less than the cost you may have expected to pay. Saving money by doing the work yourself can be a great way to enjoy value when it comes to the equipment and supplies you need to plan and enjoy a far more successful hunting trip or expedition.