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Hello I have an inboard engine which has been painted in the past by someone who previously owned our boat. It’s looking a bit tatty and I was thinking about giving it a tidy up this year but not sure what engine paint to use? I know some people use hammerite but just wanted everyone’s opinion on this?

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Hi

What make of engine do you have fitted?

I've a Ford (Transit 2.5) engine in our boat and for touching up any parts on it I'd go to my Ford dealership or auto spares shop and get their genuine paint. If as on previous boats I've had BMC engines, I'd have gone to the BMC paints department or auto spares shop.

Don't forget preparation is the most important part of the job! Degrease and clean the area thoroughly before doing any painting.

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Yes I have been told to clean it very well before hand, It is a bmc engine
Thankyou for your reply

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I used Hammerite paint on our old bmc engine ,
I took off any old flaking and gave it a good rub down also , engine looked like new after ,  

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How long did the hammerite last? I might just get some propper engine enamel and try and do it the best I can, I think it will take quite a bit of effort just to clean it enough to put the paint.
Any advice on getting the grease and grime off?

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For proper engine enamel in a huge range of colours try these people. With luck the link will take you straight to the paint but, if not, the company name from the link will get you there.

https://www.stationaryengineparts.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1&keep_https=yes

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Hi If you are going to do it properly you will need to steam clean it first, Paraffin and water will leave it with a film of oil, Petrol wont BUT!! ok on a car but dangerous on a boat.You will need to use  proper engine paint which will stand up to the high temperature other paints won't you may have to put two coats on the bare metal parts as engine paint is very thin and will drip if using a brush cover up parts you don't want painting as its very hard to wipe off.John

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Clean the engine up using something like Gunk and then scrub it up with sugar soap to get rid of the Gunk which leaves a bit of a film on the surface and jet it all over and leave to dry. Sand and wire brush any shiny surfaces and then paint with Hammerite of the colour of your choice. Forget using the engine manufacturer's paint, it is a rip off.

Make sure that when first running the engine when the paint is dry and properly cured that you ventilate the area thoroughly as the fumes are dangerous.


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