Boats usually have a long lifespan and they are definitely less exigent than cars when it comes to maintenance and repairs. However, they also require care due to the tough weather conditions they have to bare. In this post, we are going to focus on an essential aspect that boosts your boats’ aspect and resistance; the painting. Here’s what you should know before you start painting your boat.

How to paint a fiberglass boat

Fiberglass boats look great and their gelcoat is usually prone to be resistant. However, there comes a time when you need to paint them to restore their shiny look. If you want to do it on your own, arm yourself with a high dose of patience because it’s going to take some time. Start by checking the hull, if there are any cracks or holes, repair them using putty. This preparation process also includes the sanding phase. The second step is applying an epoxy layer that strengthens and protects the fiberglass surface. After it dried, apply the primer layer, wait for it to dry, then sand the surface. Finally, start painting the boat using ablative anti-fouling paint.

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How to paint a boat hull

The boat hull needs to be taken care of thoroughly, otherwise, the paint will strip away fast. First, you need to apply industrial solvent on the hull’s surface using a sponge. The second step is cleaning the hull with a power sand in order to remove any old paint remains. If the boat hull has any flaws, try to fix them and afterward, start applying the primer with a roller. Finally, apply the layer of marine paint using a roller and a painting brush. Then let it dry for a few hours.

How to paint the deck

Before painting, you need to mask off the bottom carefully; 3M masking tapes are the most common option. When you’re done, use solvent and try to remove any trace of dirt and dust. Then, mix the paint thoroughly then start applying it with a high-nap roller. Finally, remove the tape and let the paint dry for 1-2 days.

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How to paint with gelcoat

Before applying gelcoat to your boat, there are few prior steps you need to take in order to prepare the surface. You have to start by removing elements like cleats, banisters, or louvers. Glue duct tape to the parts you could not remove. Then proceed by sanding the current gelcoat. After you’ve neatly done this, you’re ready to start applying the gelcoat using a spray version or a brush.

Best paint for boats

If you’ve decided to embark on a DIY boat painting journey, you need to know more about the paint options you could choose from. Here are the most popular options and their basic features:

  • single-part polyurethane and enamel paints: they last long, they are easy to apply and affordable
  • two-part polyurethane: this is considered the most durable paint. It is a very popular choice also because it ensures the strongest glossy effect.
  • alkyd enamel: this is the best paint if you are fairly new at maneuvering the brush. It is not as shiny as the other ones, but it comes at a lower price.

Sailboat paint schemes

When it comes to choosing the sailboat schemes, the range of possibilities seems infinite. More and more owners rush to personalize their sailboats. No wonder why the number of providers who are ready to offer customization services is also increasing. You can add any kind of logo or pattern to your boat in any kind of color using tri-coat paint, 3M vinyl or other varieties.

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Cost to paint a boat

Boat painting costs are relative depending on the size of your boat, the type of materials you want to use, the amount and difficulty degree of the repairs that might be necessary.

If you decide to appeal to professional help, you might be required to pay from $ 2,500  to $  3,500 or even more.

If you opt to do it yourself, the materials can cost somewhere around $ 1,500.

There are plenty things to take into consideration before you decide to paint your boat like the amount of time, energy and money you have to invest. Bottom line; plan carefully before you take up to this challenging task.