If you paint it, the paint will just scratch!
I have been meaning to post my boat in the budget build section but haven't had the chance... I bought a 99' ouback lsfor $3000.00 (had a hole in it) and just got it back from the paint/ fiberglass shop. The whole boat was painted with awlgrip except the bottom. I painted it with awlstar bottom paint (just for resale). The top cap is painted white, dash black of course, the sides are the awlgrip silver, the bottom is awlstar white. I painted the engine cover the same silver as the sides, due to adding contrast, thinking it was like a gem in the middle of the boat, and re-did the whole interior in a carbon fiber silver to tie it all in.
Looks awesome! but after only one use the motor cover is already scratched! I use my motor cover alot as well.... obviously.
After some thought I think I am going to have it line-xed silver. Seems to be the only thing they make that may hold up to how we use the dog-house.