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Old 09-08-2020, 15:50   #1
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Hey there - I had a real douche hit my boat that was anchored out by my house. What do you think left this mark? It was about 3 to 3.5 feet off the waterline. Had a small rub until the dents were made. Of course, it is an Awlcraft SE metallic paint job - so not super easy to blend perfectly - and it has been years since I painted it.

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Hey there - I had a real douche hit my boat that was anchored out by my house. What do you think left this mark? It was about 3 to 3.5 feet off the waterline. Had a small rub until the dents were made. Of course, it is an Awlcraft SE metallic paint job - so not super easy to blend perfectly - and it has been years since I painted it.

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Something not very significant.
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Something not very significant.
Whatever it was was significant enough to cause $15k in damage.
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Re: What would have made these marks in my metallic paint?

Except for the rub marks I would have guessed a lawnmower threw something into it.
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I pray to the gods or any just entity that you don't figure thats 15k of damage.
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I pray to the gods or any just entity that you don't figure thats 15k of damage.
Well if I have to get the side of the boat re-painted - it will be at least that much. I painted it the first time - which to be honest.... wasn't all that easy. BUT MAN - IT LOOKS AWESOME! Except these dents.
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Re: What would have made these marks in my metallic paint?

Dinghy outboard tilted up & the prop hit?

Still repainting a complete hull and spending 15k to fix these minute scratches?
Your choice, but honestly I would never ever give that solution the slightest idea, unless I'd be thinking of selling in the next hour perhaps.
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Flying fish, perhaps???
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A lot of the newer paints have the color coat(s) and then protective clear coats, which makes it impossible to match colors and patch a small area. It is increasingly-used and makes even minor scuffs into a huge repair job. Great for lawyers and repair yards.
I researched a lot before we painted our brightsides.
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The locals selling fish and fresh fruit often have rusty nails or bits of iron instead of rubrails on their pangas or boats.
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Dinghy outboard tilted up & the prop hit?

Still repainting a complete hull and spending 15k to fix these minute scratches?
The problem is the boat is in... well - was in perfect condition. And these metallic paints are sometimes very difficult to match. I might luck out here and get it done right - but man... it isn't easy.

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Well if I have to get the side of the boat re-painted - it will be at least that much. I painted it the first time - which to be honest.... wasn't all that easy. BUT MAN - IT LOOKS AWESOME! Except these dents.
That’s not a full hull paint job.

Any painter with some skill can fill, level, paint blend that without too much effort.

It’s not the most simple paint, but it’s also not white pearl or anything.

I’d wager your off by about 10x depending on the depth in the dent. Maybe trying to make some money off this?

I’d also agree with tilted outboard
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I can feel your pain it loogs gorgeous.

Still I am always surprised that people really go to sea in such masterpieces.
There are so many easy risks out there to put a tiny scratch in.
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I can feel your pain it loogs gorgeous.

Still I am always surprised that people really go to sea in such masterpieces.
There are so many easy risks out there to put a tiny scratch in.
I'm starting to wonder the same thing....
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Re: What would have made these marks in my metallic paint?

I was going to suggest it was gouged by parts of an anchor on a bow roller, but the suggestion about it being from an outboard motor prop is the other end of things.
While the cosmetics are an issue, and the boat looked beautiful, the real issue is making sure the damaged spots are sealed so no moisture can enter the glass where the gelcoat has been compromised.
I would find an Auto Parts store with a good selection of touch up color pens, get it as close as possible and just touch it up, to get it sealed.
That is my solution, but I am not really picky about stuff. My boat id much older, and much cheaper, and has taken a LOT of bumps and bangs from a lot of single handing incidents, and unscheduled maneuvers.
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