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    Default Painted my Challenger 180 hull

    The hull graphics have been showing their age on my 2006 Challenger 180. Replacing them was going to be expensive and eventually the new graphics would get beat-up as well during docking. So I did some research and decided to paint the hull to make it look like the hulls on the newer Sea Doo and other boats.

    Here's a before picture (I admit that I should have taken a better picture)
    2012-06-07 15.33.24.jpg

    I began by pealing the decals off and sanding the Gel-coat all around the boat with 230 grit
    Naked Boat.jpg
    I then masked off the entire area.
    Prepped for painting.jpg
    I went with Rustoleum brand Marine Fiberglass Primer and Marine Topside Paint. I tack-clothed the hull numerous times before each coat to make sure I was working with a clean surface. I applied the first coat of primer, waited a day, sanded with 230 again and gave it a second coat of primer.

    I bought a $14 sprayer at Harbor Freight that had good reviews... I should add that I've never done this before, but with the help of "Youtube University", I learned a lot before I picked-up the sprayer!

    Here's the primer going on....
    Applying Primer.jpg

    After the 2nd coat of primer, I was pretty happy with the surface conditions so I went on to spray 3 coats of the Navy Blue, giving it a couple days to harden up between each coat. Here's the result of the 1st coat...
    vmIRfn-cH1ZQ-rTDZl3DTlGxtNA6ruFyT-aRbb8W9Mc.jpg
    fqQNx6VMp_EZS5ACJT7MvsNI68WBU5AWgEMhoXbzXB0.jpg

    Then the finished product...
    20151021_111814.jpg

    I figure that I can touch-up the paint a lot easier than replacing the graphics.

    Paint and primer was ~$12/quart. I found the paint at Lowe's and the primer on Amazon. I was surprised to only use a quart of primer (with some left over) and a quart and a half of paint. There was minimal over spray from the sprayer. You get significantly more over spray from a spray can! Each coat took only minutes apply, but cleaning the sprayer took a good 45 minutes or so.

    After three coats, I was pretty satisfied with the finish. They say to finish with polishing compound and wax, but honestly, I couldn't tell the difference where I compounded/waxed and where I didn't.

    Thanks for checking this out!
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    That came out real good makes me not to scared to paint my ski..

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    Quote Originally Posted by howie099 View Post
    That came out real good makes me not to scared to paint my ski..
    that did turn out really good, and painting your ski is easy, i have did 5 of them and going to do the 6th this winter...fun fun

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    wow that looks awesome!!!!

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    It is really looking fab...

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    Thank you all for your kind words!

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    I really didn't know you could paint a boat, and i really didn't know it could come out as great as yours has.
    I just bought a 97 Speedster and just decided im going to paint it. Thanks so much for the how-to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meach View Post
    I really didn't know you could paint a boat, and i really didn't know it could come out as great as yours has.
    I just bought a 97 Speedster and just decided im going to paint it. Thanks so much for the how-to.
    You might consider a vinyl wrap. I wrapped my 96 speedster myself. Cost me 125.00 for the vinyl background. Did it over a weekend. Used Avery supreme wrapping vinyl. I'll have to admit, it wasn't easy but it was faster than painting.


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    You did a great job btw!!


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    Great job! I may have to take on the task now...

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    How has it held up!?

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    wow so the whole hull is a vinyl wrap?!! did you paint the rub rail as well? looks damn good man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wakefj View Post
    The hull graphics have been showing their age on my 2006 Challenger 180. Replacing them was going to be expensive and eventually the new graphics would get beat-up as well during docking. So I did some research and decided to paint the hull to make it look like the hulls on the newer Sea Doo and other boats.

    Here's a before picture (I admit that I should have taken a better picture)
    2012-06-07 15.33.24.jpg

    I began by pealing the decals off and sanding the Gel-coat all around the boat with 230 grit
    Naked Boat.jpg
    I then masked off the entire area.
    Prepped for painting.jpg
    I went with Rustoleum brand Marine Fiberglass Primer and Marine Topside Paint. I tack-clothed the hull numerous times before each coat to make sure I was working with a clean surface. I applied the first coat of primer, waited a day, sanded with 230 again and gave it a second coat of primer.

    I bought a $14 sprayer at Harbor Freight that had good reviews... I should add that I've never done this before, but with the help of "Youtube University", I learned a lot before I picked-up the sprayer!

    Here's the primer going on....
    Applying Primer.jpg

    After the 2nd coat of primer, I was pretty happy with the surface conditions so I went on to spray 3 coats of the Navy Blue, giving it a couple days to harden up between each coat. Here's the result of the 1st coat...
    vmIRfn-cH1ZQ-rTDZl3DTlGxtNA6ruFyT-aRbb8W9Mc.jpg
    fqQNx6VMp_EZS5ACJT7MvsNI68WBU5AWgEMhoXbzXB0.jpg

    Then the finished product...
    20151021_111814.jpg

    I figure that I can touch-up the paint a lot easier than replacing the graphics.

    Paint and primer was ~$12/quart. I found the paint at Lowe's and the primer on Amazon. I was surprised to only use a quart of primer (with some left over) and a quart and a half of paint. There was minimal over spray from the sprayer. You get significantly more over spray from a spray can! Each coat took only minutes apply, but cleaning the sprayer took a good 45 minutes or so.

    After three coats, I was pretty satisfied with the finish. They say to finish with polishing compound and wax, but honestly, I couldn't tell the difference where I compounded/waxed and where I didn't.

    Thanks for checking this out!
    That looks amazing.

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    Great job!

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