You’ve finally bought a boat. It’s a fixer upper but you can see its potential. With a bit of elbow grease and a great paint job, you can have it looking brand new again. Once you’ve removed the rust, you can start painting it. Painting is the last and important step in getting a boat ready for the water. It’s important to paint it properly to help protect your boat against the harsh elements of the sun, salt, and seawater. A good paint job can also help guard it from small scrapes and bumps against rocks and sand. If you need help painting your boat or don’t have the time and expertise to do the job yourself, you can hire a painting company to do the job for you. Look at a website of a painting company to see if they offer boat painting services. If you want to have the experience and the satisfaction of doing the paint job yourself, the following are some tips that can help you.
1. Prepare a space for painting your boat. It’s best to do it indoors but the place must have good ventilation. If you’re going to do the job outdoors, make sure the weather is good and it’s not too windy or rainy. If there is threat of rain, make sure the area you’re painting in has a roof or a cover overhead. Put tarps, old sheets, or plastic below the area you’re going to be painting at so that paint doesn’t get on the ground. Have the proper boat holders in place so that you can get at all the surface areas of the boat that needs to be painted and make sure the boat is secure and will not topple over.
2. Before painting, prepare the boat itself. Make sure all damages to the surface of the boat are repaired and there are no dents or tears left. Sweep or wipe up all the dust with a damp microfiber cloth but make sure all surface areas are dry before doing the actual painting.
3. Buy the proper paints. This is where you don’t want to cheap out. You want your boat to last so go with the best paints if you can. You will need a primer and finish coat applied with brushes for hard to reach areas and rollers for bigger surface areas.
4. Wear personal protective gear. If you don’t want to suffer the ill effects of inhaling sand and paint, wear goggles when sanding or repairing your boat. It’s really damaging to the eye if fiberglass or sand gets into your eyes. Also wear the proper masks when applying paint to prevent the paint chemicals from damaging your lungs. Wear gloves when painting so the chemicals don’t come into contact with your skin.
5. Paint your boat. Make sure you put on as many coats as required according to the paints you use. Read the directions carefully on the paint labels before using so that you know how to apply it.
To keep the new paint on your boat looking fresh, you’ve got to regularly wash your boat with clean fresh water every time you finish your activities on the boat and are ready to dock it or store it in a garage. For even better protection, it’s best to wax it after a good clean as well.