Cleaning Up the Bilge

So glad this job is done! I tackled this whole project while Matt was out of town so that I could surprise him when he got back (this was his most dreaded task). I had no idea what I was getting myself into!

What I used:
-dishwashing liquid
-some sort of degreaser
-acetone
-Danboline, the bestest bilge paint ever! (way better than Bilgekote) This is when my obsession with Danboline began and I used it in all the lockers, the topcoat on the sink in the head, and on all the trim in the interior. It is dries really hard and is very durable!










 






12 comments:

  1. Oh my! That is one of the most impressive blog post I've ever seen! Good job.

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    1. Wow! Thanks! It was not a fun job, but it was a very rewarding job. Of course after I had it all painted up and clean, my husband got out the grinder to cut some fiberglass in the there and I had to clean it again...luckily it just rinses right off now!

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  2. Looks great! What did you do to prep it? I might tackle this on my boat this weekend.

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  3. Thank you! I cleaned it up with dish washing liquid and degreaser and then wiped it all down with acetone before painting it. Good luck! A dreaded task, but it's so nice to have it done.

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  4. I'd propose but I'm too late! How is the paint holding up? I am about to do the same thing. I may use Danboline on my entire interior except the teak, so over the bilge, walls, and some formica.

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    1. Haha! The Danboline has held up great. It does "blush" or turn yellowish if something is over the painted surface. We didn't realize that and had a few areas turn cream colored and finally figured that out. It was inside the desk and on panels that had something right in front of them. Other than that, it is shiny and white and easy to clean!

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  5. Thanks - good to know. Danboline seems hard to get in the states. I will prob use Interprotect 2000 primer and Bilgekote for the bilge and lockers. -Dan

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    1. That's right, I could only buy Danboline on the French side of St. Martin, not the Dutch. And it was definitely not in the States. Probably horribly toxic while applying, but dang is it good once it's on! Interprotect and Bilgekote will do the trick as well! And remember to wear a respirator!

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  6. AMAZING WORK!! How did you get the engine out of there? And back in for that matter? LOL

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  7. Brilliant job ..Your partner is a very, very, lucky person. Well done.

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