The Basics Of How To Paint Your Boat
Boats lead a rugged life, even if they don’t go out that much. They bake in the sun, get soaked by the rain, get frozen and thawed, chafe for months at a time against the docks and fenders, get pulled up on trailers and beaches, hit rocks and logs and all sort of other hard objects and float in the watery zoo of plants and animals that want very much to attach themselves to the boat’s bottom and go along for a ride. The paint on your boat is an important line of defence against all these things.
Most recreational boats today are made with fibreglass surface. The second they leave the shelter of their builders’ yard, the attack on the gel coat begins. Unless a boat is kept in an enclosed, shaded, freshwater rinses, rubbing compound and good paste wax can keep the gel coat looking good for years. But as a diligent owner, you should need to be given a facelift, either with single or two-part marine paint or controlled indoor settings and are typically best left to professionals like Anz Yacht who provide yacht refurbishment as well as painting services to your yacht or boat and give it a brand new look.
In this article, we will discuss the basics of how to paint a boat in great detail.
Pick the right environment this means covering the boat under the shed or shelter if at all possible. If it is not possible, try to shield your works with traps or plastic sheetings. Pick your weather to minimize the risk of rain, wind born, dust and leaves and boatyard debris any try not to paint when there are flies or gnat around.
- Paint at optimum times of a day
If you are outside, marine bottom paint to your boat to the mid-late morning after the dew has evaporated. Avoid noontime when the sun is overhead and it’s hottest and late afternoon when evening cooling and moisture can affect drying time and finish.
- Read the manual
Read the directions on the cans, on the labels, on the websites of the products you are using i.e. paints, solvents and nonskid compounds. You should use them very carefully about how to use them best.
Many topside paints contain isocyanides that are dangerous if inhaled. Therefore, you should wear a respirator with new filters for each spray jobs. Isocyanides filter degrade over time and should be used for no longer than 30 days. Check out here to learn why don’t you wax your boat in great detail.