If you want your boat to last a lifetime or look as good as new, consider painting it. Although the painting exercise can cost a fortune, it is worth leaping. It adds many years of life ahead, plus it increases its value immediately. Boat painting needs specialist skill to undertake, and it’s one point you need to keep in mind while selecting a boat painter for your vessel. Before choosing a spray painter for your boat, take time to decide who to entrust with the job. The phrase ‘get what you pay for’ is never true in the boat painting field. For excellent results, look for experience and never trust painters who boast of delivering quality when they don’t have a dedicated painting workshop.
Before you hire a boat painter, consult first to know how materials like fibreglasses can be handled, for example, painting fibreglass with black colour can cause permanent damage. From the information given, you may judge their ability to deliver what you want. If possible, choose painters with controlled humidity and temperatures. The reputation of a painter is critical while selecting a painter for your boat.
A step-by-step guide to painting a boat
Boat detailing is not easy, especially for amateurs. But with an experienced painter, it’s all a walk in the park. Painting is one of the boat maintenance exercises that will help your boat deal with elements. Boats spend most of the time skidding over the waters, hence more susceptible to corrosion, but painting it will lease a new life to your boat. If you are trying to improve an older vessel, painting is a sure bet to recondition it and make it appear as good as new.
The processes involved in painting a boat may seem complicated, but you can simplify things by following the following steps:
- Remove hardware components like rails, vents and cleats out of the boat to begin.
- Fill out any imperfections like dings, chips or gouges to repair the surface.
- Wash the surface and thoroughly sand it.
- Apply the primer before the paint and finally wax the entire boat to protect the paint.
That’s all. Please keep it clean always and thoroughly rinse it after use, especially after a ride in saltwater. Remember to read all the warning labels in the accessories and supplies before painting, use protective gear while painting.
Painting fibre glass
There is no much difference from painting wood vessels except the type of paints and a few details regarding preparation and application. It would be best if you remembered that spraying the paint gives more quality results than applying using a brush. When painting fibreglass, use single-part enamel types because they are easy to apply and less expensive; however, they can be damaged by UV rays and if subjected to heavy hauling without regular waxing. Urethane paints don’t cost as much as two-part but can gloss for a long time. Two-part polyurethane is the best of both worlds, durability and gloss. Some people argue that that two-part polyurethane outshines even the original gel coat.
Painting the bottom of a boat is experience compared to the topside and the hull. It’s easier painting the bottom than the upper part. Just remove the gel coat if it is still fresh and dewax and sand if necessary. Then apply your new gel coat, and your boat is ready to sail away.