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5 Tips for Painting a Boat

Painting a boat hull sounds simple enough. Here’s the catch: it isn’t. Paint for boats is a specific breed (you’re going to want an antifouling coating) and the prep work for getting a smooth and lasting application is imperative. Hiring a professional is your best bet when it comes to freshening your boat’s paint job, but if you do decide to tackle this task yourself, make sure you follow these tips to ensure a job well done.

Properly Prep your Surface

In order to ensure a good adhesion of your marine paint to your boat’s hull, you’ll need to use a solvent to remove any wax from the hull.

Sand the Hull

Next, you’ll want to sand the hull to further get it clean and ready for paint. This will help get rid of any leftover paint from the hull. Word of caution: getting this step right is imperative so that you don’t have discoloration or improper adhesion of your coating.

Make any Necessary Repairs

This is when you’ll want to touch up any rough spots like holes or abrasions with an epoxy to give you a thoroughly clean and smooth working surface. Be attentive as you apply your epoxy: you don’t want it to get lumpy or bumpy.

Apply your Primer

Evenly roll on your primer to your well prepped boat hull surface. Sand and prime again for the best results.

Paint your Boat

You’re finally ready to to get your paint for boats and get to the fun step: applying your coating. As with any paint job, take your time and be careful of bubbling. Once you’re done, allow the paint to dry for several hours.

Paint for Boats: Contact Us

As you can see, applying marine coatings isn’t a walk in the park. Be attentive and take your time, and you should end up with a great result. Our recommendation? Contact the pros at MICI for expertly applied paint services for boats. Let the experts do what they’re best at to ensure a fabulous new coating on your boat.