We all know and hate the bilge.  The bilge is dirty, stinky, and looks like something out of a horror movie, at least ours was that way. Because we have all the floor boards at home for refinishing, we thought now is the best time to clean our bilge.

With so much dirt and grim in our bilge we decided we needed to scrub it first to see what we had to work with.  Armed with Mr. Clean, Super Tuff and a lot of scotch brite pads we rolled up our sleeves and went to work.  We scrubbed and rinsed for a straight day.  Having access to a fresh water and a garden hose helped a lot, as we scrubbed we could wash down the bilge and drain the water out with the bilge pump. The little water that we had left we used our wet/dry bucket vac. With day one of cleaning the bilge done, we went home for a beer and shower.

Now that we could see the bones of the boat, day 2 was all about prep.  We had scrappers and scratch pads, along with sand paper and acetone. We scraped all the loose old paint off, cleaned any additional spots that were missed and then gave the surface a full  sanding. At the end of all this was the final vac, again with our wet/dry vac we sucked up as much of the dirt and old paint chips as we could.

Day 3 was the best!  We got to see the results of our hard work. We were unsure which product to use at first and got some great information from different Facebook groups…with that, we decided to stick with Pettit Paint (we use Pettit for bottom paint). We purchased our Pettit Bilge Paint from Jamestown Distributors in white, and the results were instant. We did not use the acetone to wipe down the bilge before painting, for us, this did not cause a great concern.  The paint went on great, with no issues, and while there was some left over paint chips, this didn’t affect the out come we were hoping for.

All in all, it took us 3 days to complete the bilge, and we are completely happy with our results and hard work!

James and Tammy on svoceanphoenix


Thank you @PettitPaint for a great product!


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