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Old 05-11-2004, 11:13 PM   #1
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Default Paint for Crab Floats?

I've got a batch of foam crab floats that need repainting.

I'd like to use a bright flourescent color.

Does anyone know a brand name of paint and/or a place to buy the stuff that would do a really good, durable job on these?

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Old 05-12-2004, 05:56 AM   #2
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There is a new product on the market called "Fusion" which is a spray paint for plastic. I used it as a primer for my crab floats and then painted them the color I wanted. Worked GREAT!

You can buy the paint "primer" at any Ace Hardware Store or FM.

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Old 05-12-2004, 05:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Paint for Crab Floats?

I'm curious about this too. I have a bunch that I want to customize.

I know that the wrong kind of paint can melt the foam.
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Old 05-12-2004, 06:49 AM   #4
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Default Re: Paint for Crab Floats?

"Fusion" is made by Krylon and is designed to bond to plastic. I haven't tried it yet, but was suprised to see it while shopping for rattle can's the other day. Looks like it could be a winner.
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Old 05-12-2004, 06:59 AM   #5
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Default Re: Paint for Crab Floats?

I have found that if you paint the styrofoam with a couple of coats of latex as a primer that the enamil will not eat the foam. Have used this method for years to strengthen & smell proof the cheap foam fish boxes.
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Old 05-12-2004, 07:13 AM   #6
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Polyform bouy paint will last forever.
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Old 05-12-2004, 07:23 AM   #7
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Default Re: Paint for Crab Floats?

Row where do you get polyform paint? Bi-Mart has plastic primer cheep then I spray floresent paint on that.
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Old 05-12-2004, 07:29 AM   #8
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I got it from englund Marine in Newport, but Im sure other marine supply stores have it. a little more costly than other paints/coatings, but youll never paint them again. The stuff is actually made for PVC inflated floats, but works great on foam, use a non-solvent primer.
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Old 05-12-2004, 07:49 AM   #9
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Check the regs on which waters you are going to use them. Some states specify colors for crab floats. I think in Washington waters crab floats must be red and white, and shrimp floats are yellow.

In Oregon I don’t think it matters.
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Old 05-12-2004, 08:58 PM   #10
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Vinylon, available in several florescent colors from Englund Marine. It is designed for floats and other plastics. Great product.
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Old 05-12-2004, 09:46 PM   #11
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Great information everyone, thanks! I'll be giving it a try.
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