Aluminum Jon Boats: If you have ever fished out of an aluminum boat then you know how noisy they can be. Drop your pocket knife, a spinnerbait, or even just setting your rod down heavily will make the whole boat ring with that distictive aluminum sound. Spray it with Line-X and those noises are turned into "soft thuds". The paint on most jon boats is in some stage of flaking off or at least covered in scratches. Aluminum is a difficult material for anything to stick to. Special prep must be done to ensure adhesion, but once we spray a jon boat it is a lifetime paint job that is resistant to scratches and washes easily. These boats are usually riveted together and usually leaking when we get them. Whether we spray the inside, the outside, our the whole thing, we can almost always make them watertight again. So the jon boats you see at garage sales, sale barns, or sitting in peoples back alleys that can be purchased for little or nothing, look like they might be too far gone. With a little work and a little Line-X they can be brought back to life.
Duck Boats: Duck hunters are privy to the advantages of Line-X. We've sprayed their boats, their pit blinds, their dog boxes, decoy stands, and all other things they have fabricated. The wide flat floors in their duck boats often need extra traction, quiet traction, and we've done a ton of them.
All Other Boats: Traction and paint wear have to be the two biggest reasons customers want Line-X on their boats. Good "wet" traction that is attractive and permanent is what it's all about. We rarely spray black on boats, usually because a different color would be more attractive and we often have customers worried about how "hot" it would be in the sun. There is an interesting quality about Line-X in regaurds to "heat retention", it's low-very low. Don't get me wrong, it gets warm in the sun, but even black Line-X would be more comparable to the temperature of the paint on a white car, rather than a black one. The Oklahoma City Parks department tested a number of different coatings for picnic tables in their parks. Seems that they were set on a very dark green color and had previously dealt with complaints about how hot they were in the sun. To make a long story short - out of about ten our so coatings in the same dark green color - Line-X had the lowest temperature. My guess is that the texture increases the surface area and acts like a radiator cooling its own surface, although I have never had it explained to me.
We have sprayed Line-X on a couple dozen boats. They have all been under such different circumstances that we have yet to develop a consistent pattern with the pricing. Figuring $6-$8 a square foot would be the best rule of thumb. However, bringing your boat in for us to look at or having us come to your boat to see it, is going to be the only way for us to give an accurate and solid quote.